Monday, January 23, 2012

The Thickness of Power

1.) Given Greenhouse’s discussion of James’ hidden transcripts and critique of hegemony, is it ever possible for hegemony to be total? How and why do hidden transcripts differ between the powerful and the powerless? What sets hidden transcripts apart from other discursive or communicative acts and practices?

2.)  How do understandings of the workings and modes of power help our understanding of neoliberalism and the movements challenging it? How might a view of power as ongoing practice, “as potential rather than property, something to be exercised rather than held,” as well as rejecting “dualistic divisions between individual and society, structure and agency” resituate or reconceptualize definitions of change and acts of resistance?

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