Thought for the Day

I don’t have time for a full post today but let me just say that I think that the move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony is bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

Comments welcome.

8 Responses to “Thought for the Day”

  1. Bryn Jones Says:

    There’s a story about someone I used to work for, and his desire to become proficient at astronomical computing. He regularly promised to be “s*** hot by Christmas!”

    A series of lectures was arranged in the professor’s department for a visiting academic to instruct the astrophysics group in some new astronomical data manipulation developments. The group assembled and the lecturer began. After an hour, the professor stood up and exclaimed, “I haven’t understood a ****ing word since ‘Good morning'”, and walked out.

  2. Jonivar Skullerud Says:

    The sentence is syntactically incorrect. The last clause does relate to the preceding clauses, hence the sentence cannot be parsed.

  3. Anton Garrett Says:

    Submit it as an abstract to a postmodern humanities journal and see if it does as well as Sokal’s Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.

    • telescoper Says:

      It’s actually lifted from the Times Literary Supplement….

    • telescoper Says:

      You really need to know about the emerging field of Quantum Social Science, which even has its own wikipedia page!

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Ugh.. I wrote in a (never-published) essay called Pathological Industries of the Quantum in 1990 that what you wrote as parody in misapplying quantum mechanics one decade would occur as fact in the next. Penrose whould have stuck to GR and tiling.

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