Radical Sociality

Radical Sociality

Radical Sociality reflects upon a variety of social formations and political processes that show us the logics of exclusion which characterize political fantasy and the logics of inclusion without recognition which accompany melancholic ...

Author: M. Palacios

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137003690

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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A philosophical and psychoanalytic investigation of relations to otherness, violence, disobedience and belonging, Radical Sociality explores the possibilities and vicissitudes of contemporary forms of belonging and the limits and challenges of democracy.
Categories: Social Science

Crip Times

Crip Times

throughout), the images of the artist stitching his mouth shut are easy to read as part and parcel of a new mode of regulation that contains or domesticates radical sociality. This is why, in contrast, the Calvin Klein underwear ads ...

Author: Robert McRuer

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479826315

Category: Law

Page: 320

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Contends that disability is a central but misunderstood element of global austerity politics. Broadly attentive to the political and economic shifts of the last several decades, Robert McRuer asks how disability activists, artists and social movements generate change and resist the dominant forms of globalization in an age of austerity, or “crip times.” Throughout Crip Times, McRuer considers how transnational queer disability theory and culture—activism, blogs, art, photography, literature, and performance—provide important and generative sites for both contesting austerity politics and imagining alternatives. The book engages various cultural flashpoints, including the spectacle surrounding the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; the murder trial of South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius; the photography of Brazilian artist Livia Radwanski which documents the gentrification of Colonia Roma in Mexico City; the defiance of Chilean students demanding a free and accessible education for all; the sculpture and performance of UK artist Liz Crow; and the problematic rhetoric of “aspiration” dependent upon both able-bodied and disabled figurations that emerged in Thatcher’s England. Crip Times asserts that disabled people themselves are demanding that disability be central to our understanding of political economy and uneven development and suggests that, in some locations, their demand for disability justice is starting to register. Ultimately, McRuer argues that a politics of austerity will always generate the compulsion to fortify borders and to separate a narrowly defined “us” in need of protection from “them.”
Categories: Law

Social Selves and Political Reforms

Social Selves and Political Reforms

Radical. Sociality. Beverly Harrison is identified by many as the “mother” of feminist Christian ethics. In many ways she parallels the pioneering work of Rosemary Radford Ruether and Letty Russell in feminist Christian theology and ...

Author: C. Melissa Snarr

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780567011114

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Christian ethicists from a wide spectrum of methods and commitments come together in arguing for some kind of social conception of the self, noticing that convergence sheds new light on the current range of theoretical options in Christian ethics. But it also opens up an important conversation about political reform. Social visions of the self help ethicists comprehend and evaluate the moral work of institutions--comprehension that is especially important in a time of crisis for democratic participation. But not all visions of the social self are equal. Snarr's book explores and evaluates five different visions of the social self from five key ethicists (Rauschenbusch, Niebuhr, Hauerwas, Harrison, and Townes). It identifies insights and risks associated with each vision of the self and considers the adequacy of each vision for reforms that deepen democracy. The book concludes with a proposal for six core convictions about the social self that help form Christian political ethics able to respond to contemporary needs for democratic reform.
Categories: Religion

The Curatorial

The Curatorial

Its danger is the invocation, the caretaking, the study of complicity as an available, radical, sociality. This radical sociality is not just a matter of friendship, love, or conviviality, not of hyperconnectivity or logistics.

Author: Jean-Paul Martinon

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472533616

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between 'curating' and 'the curatorial'. If 'curating' is a gamut of professional practices for setting up exhibitions, then 'the curatorial' explores what takes place on the stage set up, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the curator. It therefore refers not to the staging of an event, but to the event of knowledge itself. In order to start thinking about curating, this book takes a new approach to the topic. Instead of relying on conventional art historical narratives (for example, identifying the moments when artistic and curatorial practices merged or when the global curator-author was first identified), this book puts forward a multiplicity of perspectives that go from the anecdotal to the theoretical and from the personal to the philosophical. These perspectives allow for a fresh reflection on curating, one in which, suddenly, curating becomes an activity that implicates us all (artists, curators, and viewers), not just as passive recipients, but as active members. As such, the Curatorial is a book without compromise: it asks us to think again, fight against sweeping art historical generalizations, the sedimentation of ideas and the draw of the sound bite. Curating will not stop, but at least with this book it can begin to allow itself to be challenged by some of the most complex and ethics-driven thought of our times.
Categories: Philosophy

Social Ecology After Bookchin

Social Ecology After Bookchin

47 At different times , Kropotkin lends greater or lesser emphasis to solidarity , sympathy , sociality ... is grounded in the organic world and that must be viewed in relation to a more encompassing radical social critique and vision .

Author: Andrew Light

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1572303794

Category: Philosophy

Page: 401

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For close to four decades, Murray Bookchin's eco-anarchist theory of social ecology has inspired philosophers and activists working to link environmental concerns with the desire for a free and egalitarian society. New veins of social ecology are now emerging, both extending and challenging Bookchin's ideas. For this instructive book, Andrew Light has assembled leading theorists to contemplate the next steps in the development of social ecology. Topics covered include reassessing ecological ethics, combining social ecology and feminism, building decentralized communities, evaluating new technology, relating theory to activism, and improving social ecology through interaction with other left traditions.
Categories: Philosophy

Reality and Mystical Experience

Reality and Mystical Experience

There is a radical sociality between Tathagata and the people, between the way and language. ... It is through the inevitable between-ness of samsara and nirvana, and not in the metaphysical polarity of the two, that the psychosocial ...

Author: F. Samuel Brainard

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271030210

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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Responding to our modern disillusionment with any claims to absolute truth regarding morality or reality, this book offers a conceptual approach for discussing absolutes without denying either the relevance of divergent religious and philosophical teachings or the evidence supporting postmodern and poststructuralist critiques. Case studies of mysticism within Advaita-Ved&_nta Hinduism, M&_dhyamika Buddhism, and Nicene Christianity demonstrate the value of this approach and offer many fresh insights into the metaphysical presuppositions of these religions as well as into the nature and value of mystical experience. Like Douglas Hofstadter's G&_del, Escher, Bach, this book finds ultimate reality to be rationally graspable only as an eternal fugue of pattern and paradox. Yet it does not so much counter other philosophical views as provide a conceptual tool for understanding and classifying incommensurable views.
Categories: Religion

The Social Self

The Social Self

Critics during the 1950s and 1960s established the modernist reading of Hawthorne's ambiguities, one in which an aesthetics of ambiguity meshed with meaning in Hawthorne's romances so as to convey a radical skepticism about social ...

Author: Joseph Alkana

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813157337

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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American literary history of the nineteenth-century as a conflict between individualistic writers and a conformist society. In The Social Self, Joseph Alkana argues that such a dichotomy misrepresents the views of many authors. Sudden changes caused by the industrial revolution, urban development, increased immigration, and regional conflicts were threatening to fragment the community, and such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne, William James, and William Dean Howells were deeply concerned about social cohesion. Alkana persuasively reintroduces Common Sense philosophy and Jamesian psychology as ways to understand how the nineteenth-century self/society dilemma developed. All three writers believed that introspection was the proper path to the discovery of truth. They also felt, Alkana argues, that such discoveries had to be validated by society. In these sophisticated readings of Hawthorne's short stories and The Scarlet Letter, Howells's utopian Altrurian romances, and James's The Principles of Psychology, it becomes obvious that characters who isolate themselves from the community do so at considerable psychological risk. The Social Self links these writers' interest in contemporary psychology to their concern for history and society. Alkana's argument that nineteenth-century expressions of individualism were defensive responses to the fear of social chaos radically revises the traditional narrative of American literary culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

She Who Imagines

She Who Imagines

64 It is the imperatives of dignity and radical sociality that flow from this principle that ground the work of deconstruction and reconstruction in viewing and responding to photographs of human suffering.

Author: Laurie Cassidy

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814680285

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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The idea and ideal of "beauty" has been used to oppress women of different ages, body types, skin color, and physical ability. The theoretical discussion of aesthetics has also been conditioned by these same dynamics of power and oppression. In She Who Imagines, a diverse set of scholars challenges the exclusion and false definitions while constructing capacious ideas that discover beauty in unexpected places. In these essays, the authors draw on a variety of arts media-painting, photography, portraiture, craftwork, poetry, and hip-hop music-thereby joining beauty to truth and, in a richly defining way, to the practice of justice. In a variety of ways all the essays link women's definitions of beauty with experiences of suffering and hence with the yearning for justice. All clearly prize resistance to degradation as an essential element of thought.
Categories: Religion

The Communicative Construction of Reality

The Communicative Construction of Reality

37 Luhmann's reference to “radical social constructivism” is rather a radicalization, as it does not make any systematic reference to the subject, to consciousness, or to the brain (and organism), which are deemed to only be ...

Author: Hubert Knoblauch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429775338

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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This volume advocates a shift from the social constructivism found in the work of Thomas Luckmann and Peter Berger, to a communicative constructivism that acknowledges communication as an embodied form of action in its own right, according to which social actors, in engaging in communicative action, construct a material social reality that guides, delimits, and enables actions. A study of the importance of understanding the role of communication in an age in which digitization and mediatization have extended the reach of communication to a global level and brought about the emergence of the communication society, The Communicative Construction of Reality shows how communication society does not merely replace modern society and its hierarchical institutions, but complements it in a manner that continually results in conflicts leading to the refiguration of society. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in the sociology of knowledge, communication, and social theory.
Categories: Social Science

Love Eroticism

Love   Eroticism

Sociality. Comparative. Ethnographies. of. Sexual. Objectification. Laura Rival, Don Slater and Daniel Miller social ... The radical social constructionist denial that there is anything given or natural in sexual organs and human ...

Author: Mike Featherstone

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761962519

Category: Social Science

Page: 433

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This major collection explores the contested nature of love and eroticism, examining the ways in which erotic bodily pleasures have become central to contemporary consumer culture. It investigates the spatial dimension of erotic life through considerations of Bohemian love, the gay city and the ways in which the urban landscape and everyday life have become sexualized - issues which have become central to the emergence of `queer’ as a new form of gender politics and more general questions of sexual citizenship. Drawing on the work of feminists, sociologists and cultural theorists, this book contains a wide-ranging and accessible set of contributions to contemporary debates on sexuality, love and eroticism. Love & Erotici
Categories: Social Science