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CFP: The Politics of Materiality

Call for Papers: Annual Sociology Conference 2013 New School for Social Research New York City Saturday, April 6, 2013

Can national and global politics be viewed through the lens of our material environments? Can the architecture of a city square incite political demonstration? How, through the use of drones, are populations transformed into targets? Do Nike shoes define citizenship? Where might we locate power in reproductive technologies?

Sociologists often locate political power in the spaces and dynamics between agency and structure: organizationally embedded, interactionally negotiated, or structurally entrenched. The spaces we inhabit and the objects with which we interact, however, also shape our politics and in turn become the means and targets of political struggles. Objects, spaces and technologies can be activated as tools for empowerment or experienced as carriers of inequality.…

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