95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method / Edition 1

95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method / Edition 1

by Anne Norton
     
 

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, he offered a challenge to the dominant establishment of which he was a member. In this provocative book, political scientist Anne Norton proposes 95 theses that launch a brilliant, witty polemic against the reigning orthodoxies in her own field. Rejecting the antiquated and stultifying models… See more details below

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When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, he offered a challenge to the dominant establishment of which he was a member. In this provocative book, political scientist Anne Norton proposes 95 theses that launch a brilliant, witty polemic against the reigning orthodoxies in her own field. Rejecting the antiquated and stultifying models encountered in textbooks and in courses on methodology and championed by the self-appointed gatekeepers of a narrow and parochial political science, Norton opens the gates to new practices, new principles, new questions, more methods, and more demanding ethical and scientific criteria. Practice, she argues, has outstripped old models and conventional standards. Drawing on the most daring and rigorous work in structuralism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, cultural studies, literary theory, institutional analysis, and the philosophy of science, she offers practical advice for students of politics, culture, and method."A wise, tough, savvy, iconoclastic attack on the social science establishment. 95 Theses is a strong, daring, and important book. Everyone in the social sciences ought to read it."-James Morone, author of Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History

Author Biography: Anne Norton is Alfred Cass term professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Blood Rites of the Poststructuralists: Word, Flesh, and Revolution and Republic of Signs: Liberal Theory and American Popular Culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100112
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

1Culture is a matrix1
2Culture is not a variable2
3Politics is in culture7
4Culture is political9
5Culture is in language12
6Language is political13
7There is no neutral language15
8We are in language16
9Authority is political and literary17
10Culture can be considered as a text22
11Literary devices have direct counterparts in political strategies23
12Culture constitutes the body and makes it readable26
13Gender, race, and sexuality are cultural constructs27
14Commodities serve as semiotic lexicons31
15The natural is a cultural category33
16Culture is an observable concept34
17Culture is made in practice36
18Culture, as practice, is continually changing37
19The formal is always accompanied by an informal counterpart, the structural by the antistructural and the unstructured39
20Change comes from the liminal41
21All cultures are syncretic42
22All cultures are exceptional. No culture is exceptional44
23Culture is wild and various45
24Subjects have multiple identities47
25Identities are performed49
26Identities have multiple expressions51
27Every identity is in reference to a collective52
28Identity and community are coeval54
29Identity and alienation are coeval55
30Every political institution calls for identities55
31Identities make interests. Interests make identities57
32There are no "interests." There are "interests of" and "interests as."58
33Every identity is partial59
34Community entails alienation60
35Belonging may be expressed as affirmation or rebellion61
36Each institution calls for its own resistance62
37There is no culture without resistance63
38There is no culture without internal critique65
39Meaning is made out of difference65
40Power is productive67
41Opposition is productive68
42Lack impels. Lack is productive69
43Power comes from the absence of power70
44The most effective domination is internal71
45The most effective rule is invisible and appears as inevitable73
46Domination is through and of the senses74
47Prohibitions produce institutions and resistances. Prohibitions interpellate identities76
48Ruling structures constrain the rulers as well as the ruled, the advantaged as well as the disadvantaged77
49That which is overcome, remains78
50Nothing runs ahead of its time. Many things run ahead of their time79
51Facts do not speak for themselves80
52Facts are made80
53Facts are artifacts of the methods that produce them81
54There are no neutral methods82
55There are no neutral scientists83
56Work speaks simultaneously of its ostensible object and of its author and context84
57There are no general laws86
58There is no evidence. Evidence is always of and for something87
59Nothing is noncontributory88
60That which is omitted, absent, and silent is as important as that which is committed, present, and conspicuous89
61Description entails analysis90
62No account can be comprehensive91
63Representation alters the represented93
64Quantification is distortion95
65Formality obscures more than it clarifies98
66Every method has an evaluative hierarchy98
67Every method has an aesthetic99
68Parsimony is an aesthetic criterion101
69The form in which something is expressed determines its meaning. The signifier constitutes the meaning of the sign102
70Surfaces are as meaningful as that which lies beneath them103
71Name constitute. Categories constitute104
72All categories are subject to an interior articulation and to an articulation of their relations with others. No category is internally homogenous, or independent106
73Correlation does not establish causality107
74Accurate prediction is not proof of correct reasoning107
75Replication is not proof108
76Repetitions alter what they repeat109
77Falsifiability does not establish validity. Falsifiability is not a necessary attribute of a theory, nor an index of superiority110
78Subjective satisfaction is not an index of the truth or the merit of a theory111
79Systems of knowledge are systems of power113
80Truth is a cultural category. Truth is in culture115
81Experience confers only a limited understanding116
82Lies and errors are meaningful117
83Time is an attribute of the observer, not of the observed119
84A statement of a causal relation is not a theory. Theory does not require causality122
85Schemes of causality are narrative fictions driven by illusory personifications123
86Culture has dimensions in time and space126
87Cultures have tempi127
88If one can ask where, then one can also ask when. If one can ask when, one can ask where129
89What comes before may have come after129
90The past is accessible only in and as the present131
91The designation of origins is a political act133
92There is no incorruptible discourse. There is no perfect method134
93The ideal appears in the material135
94The abstract appears in the particular136
95Theory cannot exhaust the particular137

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