Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory
About: Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory is an academic journal. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Politics & Social theory. Over the lifetime, 417 publication(s) have been published receiving 4384 citation(s).
Papers published on a yearly basis
Abstract: This article explores the contribution of an ‘analytics of government’ to state theory. This approach takes up methodological and theoretical considerations that Michel Foucault developed in his lectures 0f1978 and 1979 at the College de France on the ‘history of “governmentality”’. The article argues that an analytics of government is characterized by three theoretical dimensions: a nominalist account that stresses the central importance of knowledge and political discourses in the constitution of the state; a broad concept of technology that encompasses not only material but also symbolic devices, including political technologies as well as technologies of the self; a strategic account that conceives of the state as an instrument and effect of political strategies. After presenting the three analytical dimensions, the last part of the article will compare this theoretical perspective with the concept of governance and with critical accounts of neo-liberalism. The article concludes that Foucault's work o...
Abstract: Western assumptions about the character of the world tend to distinguish between nature, the natural, or the physical on the one hand, and culture, people, and their beliefs on the other: between mononaturalism and multiculturalism. This argument has been well rehearsed in post-colonial and anthropological literatures where it is linked to dominatory or hegemonic ‘Northern’ strategies which naturalize mononaturalism and reduce indigenous realities to beliefs which may be discounted. In this paper I use STS (science, technology, and society) to show that the ‘North’ is not mono-natural, and that the enactment of mononaturalism is (1) indeed an enactment and (2) only partial. The argument is that in the ‘North’ we do not live in a single container universe, but partially participate in multiple realities or a fractiverse. I then explore how we might craft encounters across difference well in contexts where the Northern distinction between nature and culture makes little sense.
Abstract: This article introduces a distinction between two types of markets and market coordination: those based on social networks and those based on a flow architecture. Flow architectures involve potentially global “scopic” reflex systems (GRSs) that project market reality while at the same time carrying it forward and allowing it to flow. The argument is that some financial markets have undergone a transition from a pre-reflexive network market to a reflexively coordinated flow market manifest in the different organization of trading floors, changes in trading patterns and the emergence of a moving market that gets transferred from time-zone to time-zone with the sun. To understand these markets, temporal concepts are needed in addition to the social structural (relational) concepts with which we commonly work. Networks emerge from this analysis as historically specific, relationship-based forms of market coordination which in some markets are in the process of being replaced by more reflexive temporal forms o...
Abstract: Although social movement studies have traditionally stressed conflict as a dynamic element in our societies, since the 1980s, research in democratic society has presented an image of an institutionalization of social movements. Since 1999, with the protest in Seattle against the WTO Millennium Round, this image has been however challenged by a new cycle of protest focusing on ‘alternative globalization’ and global justice. Beyond describing some forms of action that (through counter-summits and social forums) emerged in this cycle of protest, the article addresses the more general issue of conflict nowadays by considering the emergent character of protest itself. In social movement studies, protest has in fact been mainly considered as a ‘dependent variable’, and explained on the basis of political opportunities and organizational resources. The author suggests here a different approach, by looking at protests as eventful, in the sense of having relevant cognitive, affective and relational transformative ...
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