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Agency without Actors?: New Approaches to Collective Action by Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier

By Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier

The query of organisation is a key factor in social thought and learn. The discourse of human organisation as an influence of social family is deeply intertwined with the historical past of sociological proposal. although, in latest discussions the position of non-humans profits a considerable effect touching on service provider. Agency with out Actors? New methods to Collective motion asks: Are nonhumans lively, have they got enterprise? And if this is the case: how and during which diversified ways?

Consequently, Agency with out Actors? New ways to Collective motion
• outlines a variety of novel money owed that hyperlink human and non-human agency
• attempts to appreciate social-technical, political and environmental networks as various types of organization that produce discrete and identifiable entities
• asks how types of (often conflicting) employer and brokers are uncommon in perform, how they're maintained and the way they intrude with each one other.

By learning the giant effect of the position of non-humans in reference to human kinfolk, the ebook goals to boost the discourse on supplier and investigates into the various attainable modes of human and nonhuman interaction. This publication is key examining for college students and students of sociology, technology and expertise experiences, social anthropology, animal reviews, environmental reports and social thought.

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Furthermore, before returning to aspects of Whitehead’s process 22 P. Stronge and M. Michael analytic, in particular his deployment of the notion of satisfaction, we will attempt to link suggestion to Giorgio Agamben’s writings on potentiality. Agamben has revisited and meticulously retraced an aporia that posed a key question for ancient philosophy but has since been relatively neglected. Namely what is the ontological status of a capacity that indubitably exists in some sense but may or may not be exercised (cf.

Satisfaction equates broadly with the idea of telos – it defines the final goal-­directed phase whereby occasions and thus events become or “concresce”. Moreover, to adopt Whiteheadian terminology, satisfaction is in each and every case achieved through the “ingression” in existing actual entities (crudely, the past of any given event) of what he calls “eternal objects”. The precise significance of the latter term in Whitehead’s thought is admittedly not easy to grasp and has generated intense discussion among scholars (cf.

1998) Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. —— (1999) Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Barad, K. (2007) Meeting the Universe Halfway, Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Bennett, J. (2010) Vibrant Matter, Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Chertok, L. and Stengers, I. (1992) A Critique of Psychoanalytic Reason: Hypnosis as a Scientific Problem from Lavoisier to Lacan, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

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