What If Culture Was Nature All Along? (New Materialisms) (Paperback)

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By Vicki Kirby (Editor)


Navigational tools towards a non-reductionist naturalism where matter is chameleon and agential

New materialisms argue for a more science-friendly humanities, ventilating questions about methodology and subject matter and the importance of the non-human. However, these new sites of attention - climate, biology, affect, geology, animals and objects - tend to leverage their difference against language and the discursive. Similarly, questions about ontology have come to eclipse, and even eschew, those of epistemology.

While this collection of essays is in kinship with this radical shake-up of how and what we study, the aim is to re-navigate what constitutes materiality. These efforts are encapsulated by a rewriting of the Derridean axiom, 'there is no outside text' as 'there is no outside nature.' What if nature has always been literate, numerate, social? And what happens to 'the human' if its exceptional identity and status is conceded quantum, non-local and ecological implication?

About the Author

Vicki Kirby is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales. The motivating question in her research is the riddle of the nature/culture division because so many political and ethical evaluations and decisions are configured in terms of this opposition. Books include Quantum Anthropologies: Life at Large (Duke 2011); Judith Butler: Live Theory (Continuum 2006) and Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal (1997).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474437394
ISBN-10: 1474437397
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: August 12th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: New Materialisms