95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Political Science - 141 pages
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When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, he offered a challenge to the dominant establishment of which he was a member. In this provocative book, political scientist Anne Norton proposes 95 theses that launch a polemic against the reigning orthodoxies in her own field. in courses on methodology and championed by the self-appointed gatekeepers of a narrow and parochial political science, Norton opens the gates to new practices, new principles, new questions, more methods and more demanding ethical and scientific criteria. Practice, she argues, has outstripped old models and conventional standards. Drawing on the most daring and rigorous work in structuralism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, cultural studies, literary theory, institutional analysis and the philosophy of science, she offers practical advice for students of politics, culture and method.
  

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Contents

Theses on Politics Culture and Method 1 Culture is a matrix i
1
Culture is not a variable
2
Politics is in culture
7
Culture is political
9
Culture is in language
12
Language is political
13
There is no neutral language
15
We are in language
16
Commodities serve as semiotic lexicons
31
The natural is a cultural category
33
Culture is an observable concept
34
Culture is made in practice
36
Culture as practice is continually changing
37
The formal is always accompanied by an informal counterpart the structural by the antistructural and the unstructured
39
Change comes from the liminal
41
All cultures are syncretic
42

Authority is political and literary
17
Culture can be considered as a text
22
Literary devices have direct counterparts in political strategies 2 3
23
Culture constitutes the body and makes it readable 2 6
26
Gender race and sexuality are cultural constructs 2 7
27
All cultures are exceptional No culture is exceptional
44
Culture is wild and various
45
Theses on Politics Culture and Method vii
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Anne Norton is Alfred Cass Term Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

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