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Critical Agency and the Recovery of 'Something Like a Subject' in Contemporary Social Theory

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Title: Critical Agency and the Recovery of 'Something Like a Subject' in Contemporary Social Theory
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Collier, Lisa
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Structure
Agency
Critical Theory
Post-Structuralism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis examines the 'problem' of agency as it emerged as such in the wake of structuralism, focusing specifically on how this 'problem' figures in the works of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Pierre Bourdieu. Beginning with the 'ethical turn' in Foucault's work on the 'care of the self' among the Greeks, I examine the construction of agency in these authors' works in order to examine the implications of their postsovereign account of agency for political and ethical life. Agency, in each of their accounts, is reconceptualized as a quality that might be achieved through the assumption of a critical attitude aimed both at the world and at oneself. Critique is thus a practice aimed at the recovery of agency, a recovery that takes place not only on the theoretical level, but moreover, consists of a concrete political project directed at the materialization of the conditions of possibility that would allow this capacity for agency to develop. I end by considering the role that sociology has to play in this project.
Statement of Responsibility: by Lisa Collier
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Brain, David

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 C69
System ID: NCFE003496:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003496/00001

Material Information

Title: Critical Agency and the Recovery of 'Something Like a Subject' in Contemporary Social Theory
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Collier, Lisa
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Structure
Agency
Critical Theory
Post-Structuralism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis examines the 'problem' of agency as it emerged as such in the wake of structuralism, focusing specifically on how this 'problem' figures in the works of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Pierre Bourdieu. Beginning with the 'ethical turn' in Foucault's work on the 'care of the self' among the Greeks, I examine the construction of agency in these authors' works in order to examine the implications of their postsovereign account of agency for political and ethical life. Agency, in each of their accounts, is reconceptualized as a quality that might be achieved through the assumption of a critical attitude aimed both at the world and at oneself. Critique is thus a practice aimed at the recovery of agency, a recovery that takes place not only on the theoretical level, but moreover, consists of a concrete political project directed at the materialization of the conditions of possibility that would allow this capacity for agency to develop. I end by considering the role that sociology has to play in this project.
Statement of Responsibility: by Lisa Collier
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Brain, David

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 C69
System ID: NCFE003496:00001

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