Social world and biographical convergence

416 views

Published on

My presentation for subcultures and subjectivity on June 10th at the University of Warwick.

Published in: Technology, News & Politics
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
416
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
147
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Social world and biographical convergence

  1. 1. SUBCULTURE,SEXUALITY ANDBIOGRAPHY@mark_carriganmark@markcarrigan.netSaturday, 8 June 13
  2. 2. Social WorldsSocial worlds are networks of interaction demarcated by theirparticipants mutual involvement in specifiable sets of activities. Theyform around sports, art forms and genres, pastimes, occupations,locations, conflicts and controversies, and projects, anything that canbecome a focus for collective interest and action. Worlds are networkswhose members manifest a shared orientated towards specific conventionsand common adherence to a shared framework of meaning. They aregenerated by interaction but also function as a context and environmentwhich shapes interaction. As actors enter a world, interacting with otherswhom they recognize as members of it, they shift their orientation andperhaps also their identity, thereby collaboratively with the other(re)generating their part of that world. (Crossley 2010: 138)Saturday, 8 June 13
  3. 3. The nature of social worldsSaturday, 8 June 13
  4. 4. The nature of social worldsContinually (re)constituted through interactionSaturday, 8 June 13
  5. 5. The nature of social worldsContinually (re)constituted through interactionMediated interaction and/or face to face interactionSaturday, 8 June 13
  6. 6. The nature of social worldsContinually (re)constituted through interactionMediated interaction and/or face to face interactionIrreducible to territory though often (re)constitutedterritoriallySaturday, 8 June 13
  7. 7. The nature of social worldsContinually (re)constituted through interactionMediated interaction and/or face to face interactionIrreducible to territory though often (re)constitutedterritoriallyProvides normative frames of reference whichparticipants can use ‘outside’ the social worldSaturday, 8 June 13
  8. 8. The nature of social worldsContinually (re)constituted through interactionMediated interaction and/or face to face interactionIrreducible to territory though often (re)constitutedterritoriallyProvides normative frames of reference whichparticipants can use ‘outside’ the social worldFuzzily bounded but nonetheless experienced ‘inside’and ‘outside’ or ‘inwards’/‘outwards’ facing interactionSaturday, 8 June 13
  9. 9. The nature of social worldsContinually (re)constituted through interactionMediated interaction and/or face to face interactionIrreducible to territory though often (re)constitutedterritoriallyProvides normative frames of reference whichparticipants can use ‘outside’ the social worldFuzzily bounded but nonetheless experienced ‘inside’and ‘outside’ or ‘inwards’/‘outwards’ facing interactionOpens up the questions of temporal ‘entry’ and ‘exit’Saturday, 8 June 13
  10. 10. Myth of Cultural IntegrationSaturday, 8 June 13
  11. 11. Myth of Cultural IntegrationSpecific conventions and common adherence to ashared framework of meaning...?Saturday, 8 June 13
  12. 12. Myth of Cultural IntegrationSpecific conventions and common adherence to ashared framework of meaning...?Common tendency to conflate the ‘community’and the ‘meaning’ in sociological understandingsof cultureSaturday, 8 June 13
  13. 13. Myth of Cultural IntegrationSpecific conventions and common adherence to ashared framework of meaning...?Common tendency to conflate the ‘community’and the ‘meaning’ in sociological understandingsof cultureMistake to infer shared belief from shared practiceor vice versaSaturday, 8 June 13
  14. 14. Myth of Cultural IntegrationSpecific conventions and common adherence to ashared framework of meaning...?Common tendency to conflate the ‘community’and the ‘meaning’ in sociological understandingsof cultureMistake to infer shared belief from shared practiceor vice versaIf we accept this then subjectivity becomes crucialto understanding reproduction andtransformation of social worldsSaturday, 8 June 13
  15. 15. PsychobiographySaturday, 8 June 13
  16. 16. Psychobiography‘Entry’ and ‘exit’ into social worlds are temporal concepts.Saturday, 8 June 13
  17. 17. Psychobiography‘Entry’ and ‘exit’ into social worlds are temporal concepts.Psychobiography as concept to recognize the “linked series ofevolutionary transitions” which unfold at “various significantjunctures in the lives of individuals” (Layder 1997: 47)Saturday, 8 June 13
  18. 18. Psychobiography‘Entry’ and ‘exit’ into social worlds are temporal concepts.Psychobiography as concept to recognize the “linked series ofevolutionary transitions” which unfold at “various significantjunctures in the lives of individuals” (Layder 1997: 47)So how do people ‘enter’ and ‘exit’ social worlds?Saturday, 8 June 13
  19. 19. Psychobiography‘Entry’ and ‘exit’ into social worlds are temporal concepts.Psychobiography as concept to recognize the “linked series ofevolutionary transitions” which unfold at “various significantjunctures in the lives of individuals” (Layder 1997: 47)So how do people ‘enter’ and ‘exit’ social worlds?How does this manner of entry and exit (direction, meaning,velocity) shape their participation in its (re)constitution?Saturday, 8 June 13
  20. 20. Psychobiography‘Entry’ and ‘exit’ into social worlds are temporal concepts.Psychobiography as concept to recognize the “linked series ofevolutionary transitions” which unfold at “various significantjunctures in the lives of individuals” (Layder 1997: 47)So how do people ‘enter’ and ‘exit’ social worlds?How does this manner of entry and exit (direction, meaning,velocity) shape their participation in its (re)constitution?Social worlds as emergent from particular configurations ofconvergent psychobiographiesSaturday, 8 June 13
  21. 21. Case Study: AsexualitySaturday, 8 June 13
  22. 22. Case Study: AsexualityPeople “who do not experience sexual attraction”Saturday, 8 June 13
  23. 23. Case Study: AsexualityPeople “who do not experience sexual attraction”Great deal of diversity underlying ‘umbrella definition’Saturday, 8 June 13
  24. 24. Case Study: AsexualityPeople “who do not experience sexual attraction”Great deal of diversity underlying ‘umbrella definition’Online communities began to form 2001 onwards(though some pre-history)Saturday, 8 June 13
  25. 25. Case Study: AsexualityPeople “who do not experience sexual attraction”Great deal of diversity underlying ‘umbrella definition’Online communities began to form 2001 onwards(though some pre-history)Attracted much media attention which brings newpeople into communitySaturday, 8 June 13
  26. 26. Case Study: AsexualityPeople “who do not experience sexual attraction”Great deal of diversity underlying ‘umbrella definition’Online communities began to form 2001 onwards(though some pre-history)Attracted much media attention which brings newpeople into communityOnline: forums, blogs, youtube, tumblrSaturday, 8 June 13
  27. 27. Case Study: AsexualityPeople “who do not experience sexual attraction”Great deal of diversity underlying ‘umbrella definition’Online communities began to form 2001 onwards(though some pre-history)Attracted much media attention which brings newpeople into communityOnline: forums, blogs, youtube, tumblr‘Offline’ meet-ups and activismSaturday, 8 June 13
  28. 28. Psychobiographical ConvergenceSaturday, 8 June 13
  29. 29. Psychobiographical ConvergenceLack of sexual attraction (heterogenous across thegroup) previously rendered situationally problematicSaturday, 8 June 13
  30. 30. Psychobiographical ConvergenceLack of sexual attraction (heterogenous across thegroup) previously rendered situationally problematicBoth relations (“you’re just a late bloomer!”) and ideas(“if I’m not sexual then I must be broken”) at workhereSaturday, 8 June 13
  31. 31. Psychobiographical ConvergenceLack of sexual attraction (heterogenous across thegroup) previously rendered situationally problematicBoth relations (“you’re just a late bloomer!”) and ideas(“if I’m not sexual then I must be broken”) at workhereDiscovery of the asexual social world: directly(e.g.google etc) or indirectly (e.g. media article orfriend/acquaintance)Saturday, 8 June 13
  32. 32. Psychobiographical ConvergenceLack of sexual attraction (heterogenous across thegroup) previously rendered situationally problematicBoth relations (“you’re just a late bloomer!”) and ideas(“if I’m not sexual then I must be broken”) at workhereDiscovery of the asexual social world: directly(e.g.google etc) or indirectly (e.g. media article orfriend/acquaintance)Reappraisal of prior self-interpretation and assumptionof pathologySaturday, 8 June 13
  33. 33. ConclusionSaturday, 8 June 13
  34. 34. ConclusionRecognizing the independent variability of subjectivityand refusing the homogenization of ‘sub-cultures’Saturday, 8 June 13
  35. 35. ConclusionRecognizing the independent variability of subjectivityand refusing the homogenization of ‘sub-cultures’Treating subjectivity in a way which foregroundstemporality and agencySaturday, 8 June 13
  36. 36. ConclusionRecognizing the independent variability of subjectivityand refusing the homogenization of ‘sub-cultures’Treating subjectivity in a way which foregroundstemporality and agencyMoving from ‘groups’ to individuals, networks and socialworlds in sexuality studies. Getting beyond essentialismdebates.Saturday, 8 June 13
  37. 37. ConclusionRecognizing the independent variability of subjectivityand refusing the homogenization of ‘sub-cultures’Treating subjectivity in a way which foregroundstemporality and agencyMoving from ‘groups’ to individuals, networks and socialworlds in sexuality studies. Getting beyond essentialismdebates.The crucial question: how do identifiable psychobiographicaltrajectories shape the (re)constitution of specific social worlds?Saturday, 8 June 13
  38. 38. ConclusionRecognizing the independent variability of subjectivityand refusing the homogenization of ‘sub-cultures’Treating subjectivity in a way which foregroundstemporality and agencyMoving from ‘groups’ to individuals, networks and socialworlds in sexuality studies. Getting beyond essentialismdebates.The crucial question: how do identifiable psychobiographicaltrajectories shape the (re)constitution of specific social worlds?Thoughts appreciated! This is plan for analysis yet to beundertaken....Saturday, 8 June 13

×