Re: [xmca] Subjectivity of participants in Community Organizational Cultures

From: Andy Blunden (
Date: Wed Nov 23 2005 - 13:47:56 PST

   Personally I share your anxiety that there is no book which
   satisfactorily answer to your student's need. But within the CHAT
   tradition Feliks Mikhailov's "Riddle of the Self" would be a good
   start. As you know it can be read in full on the internet (posted with
   Feliks' permission by the way). Hegel's System of Ethical Life and
   Science of Logic are too antique and difficult to read I guess. James
   Heartfield's "The 'Death of the subject' Explained" is useful though
   it critiques its opponents with a sledge hammer and that is not good.
   What about Bourdieu's "Distinctions"? A fine piece of work, or one of
   his smaller books like "The Logic of Practice"? Lois McNay is good on
   Foucault and subjectivity, e.g. "Foucault and Feminism: power, gender
   and the self"
   In my own personal opinion, subjectivity is moral agency + knowing +
   identity, and I know of no writer of the past 150 years who treats it
   that way, preferring to write only within their academic specialism, I
   guess, but see no reason for me to abandon my position on that.
   At 06:18 PM 23/11/2005 -0300, you wrote:

     OK-- So I am giving seminars and lectures and having discussions
     with students and faculty at Pontificia Univ Catholica in Santiago.
     A student walks in at the end of the day, after participating in
     some of these events, and says that he wishes to do empirical work
     in community psychology to get a degree. He wishes to be able to
     say something about the subjectivity of participants in a community
     organization. What should he read?
     He has read theoretical work about subjectivity, but he is not
     clear how these theories (from French writers, mostly, I believe)
     can be applied in community research that might actually answer a
     question about subjectivity.
     Question: What should he read?
     I have started reading Judith Butler and am not sure if I will find
     the answer to his question there, but with 1-2 3 hour sessions a
     day, I will not find out by Friday.
     Gobble gobble.
     Can you help Ignacio and me with his question? Please?

      Hegel Summer School 17th February 2006, University of Melbourne
               "UnReason in Revolt - Postmodern Conservatism"


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