University of Tampere
Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR)
Speakers Series 2017-2018, Spring
Professor Jouni Häkli, NSR
On Becoming Political: The Political in Subjectivity
This presentation explores mundane political agency. It will introduce the notion of the 'political ordinary' as agency based on the capacity of human beings to carry out acts that are undetermined and unexpected, and thus capable of challenging, opposing, negotiating, maintaining, and readjusting prevailing conditions. Subjectivity is approached from a pragmatist and phenomenological point of view, arguing that it is the condition of possibility of political agency. In empirical terms, political subjectivity is located in the ways in which people take up issues that stand out as important to them. Some everyday experiences of struggles related to proposed subject positions are discussed to provide examples of mundane political agency. The main argument is that mundane political agency is the subject’s action when in a state of becoming prompted by future-oriented demands and contingencies of social life.
Keywords: subjectivity, political, agency, temporality, attentiveness, everyday life
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- The Speakers Series is a series of Studia Generalia Lectures in the Study of Society organized weekly by the University of Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR). The lectures are given by the Research Fellows as well as the distinguished guests of the IASR and the NSR. For the programme, please check the IASR website www.uta.fi/iasr/lectures/.
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