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Youth and the Politics of the Present – Coping with Complexity and Ambivalence

Book. June 2019. Youth and the Politics of the Present presents a range of topical sociological investigations into various aspects of the everyday practices of young adults in different European contexts. Indeed, this volume provides an original and provocative investigation … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Commons: Reform or Revolt?

In this paper I present a critical overview of the contemporary political theories of the Commons, classified in three main categories: 1) the liberal 2) the reformist and 3) the anti-capitalist. Advocates of the liberal theory of the Commons take … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Politics

In this essay, Franz L. Neumann discusses the role of anxiety in politics. The article asks: How does it happen that the masses sell their souls to leaders and follow them blindly? On what does the power of attraction of leaders over masses … Continue reading

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Deleuze and DeLanda: A new ontology, a new political economy?

This paper will explore how the social ontology of Gilles Deleuze, as recently summed up by Manuel DeLanda, can be used in the context of economic sociology. In particular, the text will study the divergences (as well as similarities) between … Continue reading

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C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals

Charles Wright Mills was a pathbreaking intellectual who transformed the independent American left in the 1940s and 1950s. Often challenging the established ideologies and approaches of fellow leftist thinkers, Mills was central to creating and developing the idea of the … Continue reading

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Political Psychology: Critical Approaches to Power

Critical aspects of political psychology should be a rich territory for a critical study. Politics, government, and citizenship are aspects of work that usually develop debates and critical analysis, but academic political psychology is, so far, very cautious or not … Continue reading

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Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many

Individual decision making can often be wrong due to misinformation, impulses, or biases. Collective decision making, on the other hand, can be surprisingly accurate. In Democratic Reason, Hélène Landemore demonstrates that the very factors behind the superiority of collective decision … Continue reading

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Emociones y Lenguaje en Educación y Política

Humberto Maturana. Me han pedido responder a una pregunta: ¿la educación actual sirve a Chile y a su juventud?, y en caso de respuesta afirmativa, ¿para qué o para quién? Al mismo tiempo, me han pedido que considere esto desde … Continue reading

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The Self-Organisation of Politics, Power and the Nation State

Society is self-organising or re-creative in the sense that new emergent structures result from interactions of actors, these structures enable and constrain actions and stimulate further practices. Political self-organisation is a reflexive process where political agents co-ordinate their actions in … Continue reading

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A Dynamic Systems View of Economic and Political Theory

Since the Early Modern period, political theory has assumed methodological individualism, similar to the atomistic mechanism that prevailed in physics. This leads to a combinatorial, linear political theory centred on individual actions serving individual interests. Similar trends developed in economics … Continue reading

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