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The Invisible Man, Part 3

The nature of social invisibility, a topic often ignored in intellectual circles, is starting to achieve some level of visibility for itself in the halls of academe. Much of this is a result of Axel Honneth’s pioneering work, an influence to the fore in a recent special edition of Distinktion: the Scandinavian Journal of Social […]

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There is No Other

The cult of the individual permeates so much modern thinking about society, equality and democracy that, when combined with the romance of individualism (heroism, glory and vanity all wrapped into one), little space is left to consider the alternatives. Whatever space is left is normally colonised by shouting matches ‘debating’ structural deficiencies versus personal morality. […]

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The Affective Turn and the Social Sciences

The intersubjective or relational world of Dirty Looks is not well catered for in the academic literature (as a phenomenon in its own right), and so Margaret Wetherell’s new book Affect and emotion: a new social science understanding is a welcome addition to the work in this area. The aim of the book is to […]

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The Silent Markers of Desire and Disgust

In so much of the research on class influenced by Bourdieu, there is clear evidence of a more complex relational cartography, a world of ‘horizontal’ relations that, while mostly unacknowledged, act as a counterpoint to the standard ‘verticalising’ of relational activity so beloved of Bourdieu and his devotees. This is especially the case in accounts […]

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In the Eye of the Beholder

The most serious criticism faced by Axel Honneth and his attempt to develop a critical theory of recognition, relates to the place of power relations vis-à-vis the relational world. In her book Against Recognition, Lois McNay argues that Honneth’s relational view of self-formation and social conflict negates more structural understandings of power. While not against […]

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The Significance of Respect

This post provides further commentary on the work of Axel Honneth (pictured), described in a previous post as a key influence on Dirty Looks. Dirty Looks is about 4 months old now, and over the coming months I intend to provide further clarification on the central ideas behind this site. One of them is the […]

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The Politics of the Playground

Like the workplace, schools provide fertile ground for Dirty Looks and its desire to explore the relational world, a world in which caring what other people think may be frustrating and often self-defeating, but ultimately unavoidable. Arguably more than teachers, the collective judgements of peers exert an intense hold over young people, to the extent […]

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@dirtylookscom – new Twitter account

@dirtylookscom is the new Twitter account for Dirty Looks. Please come and follow, it  might prove an interesting experience #hashtagnightmares

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Start Making Sense

Human beings cannot adequately function in the world without the use of their senses, sight, taste and the rest vital tools for comprehending external reality. Life itself would be virtually impossible to negotiate if the physical senses were removed from human physiology. Combined with what are known as ‘internal’ senses (neurological receptors and the like), they constitute […]

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The Case of Castoriadis v. Habermas

The content of Dirty Looks is strongly influenced by the linguistic or intersubjective ‘turn’ taken by Jürgen Habermas, a key figure in continental philosophy and in particular critical theory. Habermas made the move away from the philosophy of consciousness in order to build a theory of communicative rationality, a theory he hoped could provide a […]