Offering Theory: Reading in Sociography

Offering Theory: Reading in Sociography

by John Mowitt

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A reading of Theory that in tracing when and where Theory arises in the event of reading proposes how Theory might best be handled in the context of higher education today. Arguing against those who propose to avoid Theory in the name of its putative obsolescence, this text sets out to challenge two aspects of this avoidance. On the one hand, Theory has been set aside in the name of identity politics, that is, the proposition that its intellectual pertinence has been overshadowed by a sense of political urgency construed as at odds with Theory. Theory itself has assumed an identity, a profile. On the other hand, implicit within the avoidance of Theory is a concept of “context” that calls for reflection. Resisting the tendency to treat context as either negligible or obvious, this text sets out to trace, in the when and where of Theory, the rudiments of a “sociographic” (think “historiographic”) account of context. In relation to it, the reading that is Theory can be usefully situated as part of a politics of higher education in the era of the global crisis of the university.

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ISBN-13: 9781785274084
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 210
File size: 328 KB

About the Author

John Mowitt is Professor and Leadership Chair in the Critical Humanities at the University of Leeds. He is also a senior editor of Cultural Critique.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; The Pretext; Introduction: Theory in Limbo; 1. Queer Resistance: Foucault and the Unnamable; 2. Stumbling on Analysis: Psychoanalysis and Everyday Life; 3. Strangers in Analysis: Nationalism and the Talking Cure; 4. “Jamming”; 5. WWJD?; 6. What Said Said; 7. Apart from Theory; 8. Conclusion: Theory Is Out There; References; Index.

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