Power And Everyday Practices

Paperback | May 5, 2011

byDeborah Brock, Rebecca Raby, Mark P. Thomas

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Power and Everyday Practices is a unique, contributed text: one that takes up sociological theory and methods in the approachable context of everyday objects and practices primarily through Foucaultian and Marxist lenses. Rather than focusing first on abstract concepts, many of the chapters are organized around a familiar everyday activity for students, which engages the students and seeks to "trouble" their normative assumptions about the everyday world (for example, the chapter on coffee examines how our everyday activity of drinking coffee is linked to global economic relations and inequalities). This text uniquely focuses on "unpacking the centre" rather than concentrating on the margins (as an example, rather than focus on people of colour, the chapter on whiteness unpacks how whiteness works to occupy the centre and thus reproduce privilege). Students are asked to explore not only why questions but also how questions; to make visible not only why things are as they are, but how they have come to be historically, socially, and culturally organized. Deftly edited by Brock, Raby, and Thomas, a group of renowned Canadian sociologists have gathered to write a perfect core text for undergraduate and graduate courses on the subject of power and inequality.

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Power and Everyday Practices is a unique, contributed text: one that takes up sociological theory and methods in the approachable context of everyday objects and practices primarily through Foucaultian and Marxist lenses. Rather than focusing first on abstract concepts, many of the chapters are organized around a familiar everyday acti...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 7.38 × 0.5 inPublished:May 5, 2011Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0176502033

ISBN - 13:9780176502034

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Part One: Setting the StageChapter 1: Unpacking the Centre (Deborah Brock, Rebecca Raby, and Mark P. Thomas)Chapter 2: Thinking About Power: Exploring Theories of Domination and Governance (Deborah Brock)Chapter 3: Assembling Our Tool Kit: Interrogating Representations and Discourses (Andrea M. Noack)Part Two: The Centre, Normalization, and PowerIntroduction (Deborah Brock)Chapter 4: Bodies, Genders, Sexualities: Counting Past Two (Zoë Newman)Chapter 5: Whiteness: Normalization and the Everyday Practice of Power (Cynthia Levine-Rasky)Chapter 6: Class, State, and Power: Unpacking Social Relations in Contemporary Capitalism (Mark P. Thomas)Chapter 7: Age: Decentring Adulthood (Rebecca Raby)Part Three: Everyday Images and PracticesIntroduction (Rebecca Raby)Chapter 8: Science as Culture (Aryn Martin)Chapter 9: The Culture of Therapy: Psychocentrism in Everyday Life (Heidi Rimke and Deborah Brock)Chapter 10: Going Shopping: The Politics of Everyday Consumption (Dennis Soron)Chapter 11: Financial Fitness: The Political and Cultural Economy of Finance (Mary Beth Raddon)Part Four: Thinking Global: "The West and the Rest"Introduction (Mark P. Thomas)Chapter 12: The Imaginary Indian: Unpacking the Romance of Domination (Margot Francis)Chapter 13: Coffee and Commodity Fetishism (Gavin Fridell)Chapter 14: Tourism: Globalization and the Commodification of Culture (Rebecca Raby and Joan Philips)Chapter 15: Nation States, Borders, Citizenship, and the Making of "National" Difference (Nandita Sharma)