New PDF release: Agency without Actors?: New Approaches to Collective Action

By Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier

ISBN-10: 0415603420

ISBN-13: 9780415603423

The query of organisation is a key factor in social idea and learn. The discourse of human organisation as an impression of social kinfolk is deeply intertwined with the background of sociological concept. even though, in newest discussions the position of non-humans earnings a considerable effect bearing on organisation. Agency with no Actors? New methods to Collective motion asks: Are nonhumans energetic, have they got company? And if this is the case: how and within which various ways?

Consequently, Agency with out Actors? New techniques to Collective motion
• outlines quite a lot of novel bills that hyperlink human and non-human agency
• attempts to appreciate social-technical, political and environmental networks as assorted kinds of employer that produce discrete and identifiable entities
• asks how kinds of (often conflicting) enterprise and brokers are extraordinary in perform, how they're maintained and the way they intrude with every one other.

By learning the sizeable effect of the function of non-humans in reference to human family members, the ebook goals to strengthen the discourse on organisation and investigates into the several attainable modes of human and nonhuman interaction. This e-book is vital interpreting for college students and students of sociology, technological know-how and know-how stories, social anthropology, animal reviews, environmental reports and social idea.

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Massumi 2002) (for PS this was a matter of recency; for MM it took the form of a long-­standing 28 P. Stronge and M. Michael physical reminder of the accident in a sub-­luxed shoulder) and the fact that it struck us that it would be an interesting intellectual challenge to introduce such examples where we had been thinking in terms of much more familiar “data”. But all this would only reproduce the very questions already posed around the identification of the “privileged roles” in the accident.

G. Agamben 1998, 1999) has consistently focused on the negative capacities brought into play by the very notion of potentiality. This supplements our account by drawing attention to the latent “alternatives” bound up with any suggestive process – those aspects the adoption of a given suggestion inevitably “takes away”. Finally, we return to the idea of the anecdote as a powerful way of encapsulating the interplay between telos and potential in relation both to agency and writing about/accounting for agency.

Any account of the agential event intrinsically contains its own occluded others as potentialities: these others persist as resources for future actual accounts (or better, actual occasions of accounting). In this section, we explore a way of rethinking the problematic pairing of telos/potential. Specifically, we propose that the term “suggestion” offers, through its very looseness, multivalence and ambiguity, a particularly fertile resource. Furthermore, before returning to aspects of Whitehead’s process 22 P.

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