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An Aesthetic Education of Social Theory: Some Comments on Robin Wagner-Pacifici’s What is an Event?
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2007-3736
2018 (English)In: Distinktion Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, ISSN 1600-910X, E-ISSN 2159-9149, Vol. 19Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

An essay on Robin Wagner-Pacifici's 'What Is and Event?' (2017). The essay argues that Wagner-Pacifici's book offers a platform from which it again becomes possible to rethink the relationship between system and transformation, and that this is precisely what the human and social sciences need if they are to retain their ability to critically interpret the dense fabric of late capitalist society and culture – a society of the spectacle if there ever was one, a world from heel to head made up by events. The essay assess Wagner-Pacifici's analytical apparatus of political semiosis, and it shows that aesthetics, and literary and visual interpretation, to a large extent explains why Wagner-Pacifici can make a tremendous contribution to a theory of political emergence. Finally, the essay argues that aesthetic theory offers an intersection where social theory and the theory of history may begin a new conversation about human agency, social change and historical experie

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 19
Keywords [en]
Social Theory, Theory of History, Aesthetic Theory, Political emergence, politics in art and literature, social movements, crowds
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Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145098OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-145098DiVA, id: diva2:1181893
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-01964Available from: 2018-02-10 Created: 2018-02-10 Last updated: 2018-02-21

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