Domination, Resistance, and Subjectivity
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The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities
domination, resistance, subjectivity, social theory
The ways in which something called power/domination/inequality and self/subject/agent interact and shape each other remain unavoidable, indeed fundamental, issues of our era. On one side is a sometimes triumphalist rhetoric reconfirming the competitive, rationalist, and implicitly male individual ensconced in Western liberalism and law. On the other is a series of critiques of the always already fully adult, rights-bearing, contract-making citizen and consumer presumed by liberal democracy and the capitalist marketplace. This paper examines leading paradigms of subjectivity in social theory: the itinerant, unrooted, “disembedded” subject; networked, defensive community members; emergent, newly-connected identities in formation; and displaced, “squeezed”, or threatened subject locations.
Barry D Adam. 2005. “Domination, resistance, and subjectivity” in The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities, edited by Mary Romero and Eric Margolis. Malden, MA: Blackwell, pp. 100-114.