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The agonistic politics of anonymous

I’ve recently been writing about the fragility of many contemporary movements: the organisational weakness that can emerge from digitally mediated assembly because the logistical labour formerly necessary to bring people together provided an important foundation for collective reflexivity. Collective projects become harder… Read More ›

The Relational Subject

Many social theorists now call themselves ‘relational sociologists’, but mean entirely different things by it. The majority endorse a ‘flat ontology’, dealing exclusively with dyadic relations. Consequently, they cannot explain the context in which relationships occur or their consequences, except… Read More ›

The Relational Subject

“The Relational Subject by Pierpaolo Donati and Margaret S. Archer Many social theorists now call themselves ‘relational sociologists’, but mean entirely different things by it. The majority endorse a ‘flat ontology’, dealing exclusively with dyadic relations. Consequently, they cannot explain… Read More ›

Why Do Things Matter To People?

In this podcast I interview Andrew Sayer, Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at the University of Lancaster, about his book Why Things Matter To People. Here’s a link to the book: www.amazon.com/Why-Things-Matter…nce/dp/0521171644 There’s a review I wrote of… Read More ›