The Spatial Logic of Social Struggle

Author: Nikolaus Fogle

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1461734045

Category: Philosophy

Page: 214

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Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice is widely regarded as among the most innovative and illuminating fruits of recent social thought. As evidence mounts that the "spatial turn" in the social sciences and humanities is no mere theoretical fad, but rather an enduring paradigm of social and cultural research, Bourdieu's status as a profoundly spatial thinker takes on a renewed importance. The Spatial Logic of Social Struggle: A Bourdieuian Topology focuses on Bourdieu's philosophy of space, arguing that space is at once a condition for social knowledge, a methodological instrument, and a physical context for practice. By considering Bourdieu's theory of social space and fields alongside his several accounts of socially potent physical spaces, Nikolaus Fogle develops an understanding of the systematic co-determinations between social and physical space. He traces Bourdieu's ideas about the spatiality of social life through his investigations of Algerian peasant villages and Gothic cathedrals, as well as spaces of class, lifestyle and cultural creation, revealing that social and environmental struggles are only logical insofar as they are topological. He also demonstrates how a Bourdieuian dialectical understanding of social and physical space can be brought to bear on contemporary issues in architecture and urban development. This book will be useful and accessible not only to philosophers, but also to architects, geographers, sociologists, and other scholars in the social sciences and humanities who take an interest in the social theory of space.

Imperialism, Neoliberalism And Social Struggles in Latin America

Author: Richard Alan Dello Buono,José Bell Lara

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004153659

Category: Social Science

Page: 381

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This collection focuses on the social consequences of neoliberal crises in Latin America. It includes a critical yet sympathetic analysis of ruling leftist governments in the region and discusses the larger constraints facing organized attempts to politically transform the Americas.

Dialectics of Class Struggle in the Global Economy

Author: Clark Everling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135197148

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 2356

Much ink has been spilled in attempts to prove that humans are only animals and are, like other species, only aggressive. Marx distinguishes both class and cooperative relations as inorganic: humans create their subjectivity through their mutual social production. They build upon their previous forms of social production and, with capitalism, become not only an opposition of classes, but have the capacity for urban individualism and cooperation. Dialectics of Class Struggle examines the historical development of classes from ancient times to present. It analyses the development of ancient slavery into feudalism and the latter into capitalism. It focuses on the laws and limits of capitalist development, the contradictions inherent in the capitalist state, revolutions in the twentieth century and the possibilities for human freedom that they revealed. It concludes with an examination of class struggles in the global economy and shows the human deprivations as well as the human possibilities.

Signs of Struggle

Author: Thomas R. West

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791452974

Category: Social Science

Page: 149

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Focuses on signifiers of cultural difference, such as sexuality, class, gender, and race, and how they are connected to theories of writing.

Struggles for Subjectivity

Author: Kevin McDonald

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521664462

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 258

View: 2787

This book, first published in 2000, examines the urgent social and cultural questions faced by young people.

Writers, Writing, and Revolution

Author: R. G. Williams

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527579875

Category: Political Science

Page: 186

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This book is a study of the role of writers in social revolutions. It explores how writing and writers have shaped revolutions, and how they continue to do so. It also investigates the connection between writers and radicals, outlining some of the historical, political, social, and intellectual connections between writers and revolution. Overall, this is a book of political theory, literary theory, and political action; it is a call for writers to work towards Socialism.

The ‘Postmodern Turn’ in the Social Sciences

Author: Simon Susen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137318236

Category: Political Science

Page: 522

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Simon Susen examines the impact of the 'postmodern turn' on the contemporary social sciences. On the basis of an innovative five-dimensional approach, this study provides a systematic, comprehensive, and critical account of the legacy of the 'postmodern turn', notably in terms of its continuing relevance in the twenty-first century.

Self-Determination and Collective Responsibility in the Secessionist Struggle

Author: Costas Laoutides

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317057465

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

View: 8794

The often violent emergence of new independent states following the end of the Cold War generated discussion about the normative grounds of territorial separatism. A number of opposing approaches surfaced debating whether and under which circumstances there is a right for a community to secede from its host country. Overwhelmingly, these studies placed emphasis on the right to secession and neglected the moral stance of secessionist movements as agents in international relations. In this book Costas Laoutides explores the collective moral agency involved in secessionist struggles offering a theoretical model for the collective responsibility of secessionist groups. Case-studies on the Kurds and the people of Moldova-Transdniestria illustrate the author’s theoretical arguments as he seeks to establish how, although the principle of self-determination was envisaged as a means of gradually bestowing political power upon the people, it never managed to realize its full potential because it was interpreted strictly within a framework of exclusionary politics of identity.