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Social Space as Phase Space

Prezi for SOCY 225 W2014 Week 2 Lecture on Critical Analysis
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Richard Day

on 25 February 2014

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Transcript of Social Space as Phase Space

race
sex
class
We must add more axes!
"Abstract studies ... [in N dimensions]
allow one to observe relationships without being
limited by narrow terms, and prevent traditional
prejudices from inhibiting one's progress."
-- Bernhard Riemann, Mathematician, 1854.

But we get
"dimension fatigue"

What is to be done?

Mathematical physics
can help.

queered
settler/indigenous relations
capitalist
economy
statist
governance
exploitative
relation to the land
gendered/sexual relations
consensual
colonial
mutual aid
colonial
heteronormative
sustainable
decolonized/unsettled
politics
race
settler
White
feminine/female
class
Canadian colonialism
owner
radical
working class
masculine/male
indigenous
c
liberal
hetero gendersex
An Alt Space: Natureland
Rural Ecovillage

A subject: middle-
aged univ. prof.

Social Space as Phase Space
ability
fully abled
non-hetero gendersex
queer
straight
Axes of Power/Identity
in the Currently
Dominant Order
(CDO)
indigenous
c
liberal
owner
masculine/male
radical
politics
race
settler
hetero gendersex
White
feminine/female
class
Canadian colonialism
working class
straight
queer
non-hetero gendersex
ability
fully abled
the margins
indigenous
radical
politics
race
hetero gendersex
feminine/female
class
Canadian colonialism
working class
queer
non-hetero gendersex
ability
the margins
the margins
the margins
THE CENTRE
=
THE
NORM/IDEAL

Utopia!
statist
economy
consensual
heteronormative
colonial
sustainable
mutual aid
queered
capitalist
exploitative
decolonized/unsettled
settler/indigenous relations
governance
colonial
gendered/sexual relations
relation to the land
Let's do some examples...
Really it looks more like this....
Still pretty nice!
A Perfect Sphere!
A 7-dimensional sphere
as seen in 2-space
The 'Matrix
of Domination'
(Hill Collins)

In our course we will encounter
various 'ideologies', or what I prefer
to call 'theoretical-political discourses'
(TPDs)

Each operates upon certain characteristic axes,
which tend to be seen as 'primary' or 'fundamental'
or in some other way 'the most important'
Let's take a look at what they are,
and how they work.
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Neoliberalism:
Today's dominant
global TPD
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
a little off the origin because
'chick flix' and Pride Parades
are now hot commodities
In fact, neoliberalism is always being
drawn away from the origin by
social democracy/liberalism ...
... and is being pushed back towards
the origin, by social conservatism
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Social democracy:
Today's dominant
'outward' discourse
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
socialist
environmenatalist/'sustainable'
gendersex
equality
multiculturalism
self-government, integration
role of religion in society
strong
role of religion in society
strong
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Social conservatism:
Today's dominant
'inward' discourse
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
socialist
environmenatalist/'sustainable'
gendersex
equality
multiculturalism
self-government, integration
role of religion in society
strong
These oscillations - always very near the
origin - are what constitute'politics'
within the dominant order
Although they seem diametrically opposed, these forces
share an acceptance of the fundamental institutions of the currently dominant order.
Social democrats want to change things, a little, to make them a little better.
Social conservatives think things are best left as they are, or driven back to where they were at some 'better' time in the past.
All other discourses - all that attempt some kind of fundamental change - are marginalized, seen as 'crazy' or 'unrealistic'
But they continue to exist ... so let's go see what
they're
like.
Note how the outer ends of some axes have changed...
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
'Politics'
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
socialist
environmenatalist/'sustainable'
gendersex
equality
multiculturalism
self-government, integration
role of religion in society
strong
We can 'plot' objects on this background
Each takes on a characteristic shape.

gender roles
colonial
patriarchy
economy
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
role of religion in society
strong
An Alt Space: Saturnalia
Freedom Seekers

authoritarian charismatic leader
pansexual polyamory
colour-blind cosmopolitanism
wealth & income sharing
strong
role of religion in society
weak
weak
weak
consensual, autonomous
consensual, autonomous
consensual, autonomous
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
socialist
gender equality
role of religion in society
strong
weak
19th century Marxism:
Class as fundamental
oppression; religion as
opiate of the masses
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
socialist
environmenatalist/'sustainable'
gendersex
equality
multiculturalism
role of religion in society
strong
weak
consensual, autonomous
20th-21st century Marxisms:
pushing out on the other
axes, drawing in on religion
Why are so many modernist (18th-19th c.) discourses
pushing out from their roots?

Because of the pressures exerted by
some newer discourses...
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
small market producers
role of religion in society
strong
weak
consensual, autonomous
19th century Anarchism:
Class, religion, and
state form
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
DIY; scavenging
anti-civilization; re-wilding
polyamory;
pansexuality
street-fighting anti-racism
decolonization; solidarity
role of religion in society
strong
weak
consensual, autonomous
20th-21st century
Anarchism:
pushing out too...
decolonization
Christian anarchism;
anarcha-Islam
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Liberal Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
equality
role of religion in society
strong
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Radical Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
autonomy
role of religion in society
strong
pansexuality
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Socialist Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
equality
role of religion in society
strong
socialist
socialist
by now no one was too worried about religion
or: everyone knew it was an agent of patriarchy
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Anarcha-Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
autonomy
role of religion in society
strong
pansexuality
socialist
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Anti-racist
Anarcha-Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
autonomy
role of religion in society
strong
pansexuality
socialist
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Decolonizing
Anti-racist
Anarcha-Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
autonomy
role of religion in society
strong
pansexuality
socialist
check add your outer
labels afer this...
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Decolonizing
Anti-racist
Eco-anarcha-Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
autonomy
role of religion in society
strong
pansexuality
socialist
Utopia! We've made it!
But wait... new axes emerge
out of the depths of the social...
ability
'fully abled'
'disabled'/'differently abled'
age
adult in first youth
child/elder
age
adult in first youth
child/elder
ability
'fully abled'
'disabled'/'differently abled'
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Ageist, Ableist,
Decolonizing
Anti-racist
Eco-anarcha-Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
autonomy
role of religion in society
strong
pansexuality
socialist
And so it goes... the oscillation from 'full Utopia' to 'dented Utopia' is endless as new oppressions are identified.
This is what is known as 'politics' on the radical margins
of the currently dominant order.
And what starts out as a dent in radical Utopian circles
eventually becomes something for social democrats
and conservatives to fight over.
For example, when I was in my 20s it was 'weird' and 'radical' to recycle.

You had to take your stuff to a special station, like you do today with 'hazardous waste'.
ability
'fully abled'
'disabled'/'differently abled'
age
adult in first youth
child/elder
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
Ageist, Ableist,
Decolonizing
Anti-racist
Eco-anarcha-Feminism
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
gender
autonomy
role of religion in society
strong
pansexuality
socialist
Now it's ... just ... normal!
There are
possible
orders
everywhere!
gender roles
colonial
heteronormative
patriarchy
economy
statist mass representation
relation to the land
governance
relations with indigenous peoples
exploitative
capitalist
sexuality
relations within human species
racialized hierarchy
socialist
environmenatalist/'sustainable'
gendersex
equality
anti-racism/fascism
role of religion in society
strong
relatively indifferent
consensual, autonomous
Autonomist Marxism


decolonization
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