Sinopsis

New ways of thinking about social structure

Episodios

  • Episode 60: How linguistics can save the world

    Episode 60: How linguistics can save the world

    01/06/2018

    Welcome back to the Structured Visions podcast! In this episode we save the world. For me, saving the world means identifying ‘new ways of thinking about social structure’. Here are the things that need rethinking: the inequitable distribution of resources the isolation and marginalisation of difference an impulse toward self-destruction, and a lack of respect … Continue reading Episode 60: How linguistics can save the world

  • Episode 59: Enquiry, imagination and action

    Episode 59: Enquiry, imagination and action

    29/01/2017

    Linguist, communication expert and digital media scholar Erika Darics asks ‘Shouldn’t scholars in Critical Discourse Studies be political activists? What is the point of exposing injustice if we stop there?’ In this episode I address Erika’s question. Spoiler alert: the answer is a resounding YES. And I celebrate the question ‘What is the point?’ Please … Continue reading Episode 59: Enquiry, imagination and action

  • Episode 58: Communities of Sara Mills

    Episode 58: Communities of Sara Mills

    14/01/2017

    In this episode I share the talk I gave at the Symposium at Sheffield Hallam University on January 12, 2017, in honour of Professor Sara Mills’s retirement. Many thanks to all who participated in the event, including fellow speakers, Chris Christie, Lucy Jones, Shân Wareing and Karen Grainger. Special thanks to Dave Sayers and Alice … Continue reading Episode 58: Communities of Sara Mills

  • Episode 57: Redneck roots

    Episode 57: Redneck roots

    02/09/2016

    Remember Christina from Episode 7? She’s the one who spared no time at all in getting as far away from Awayville, USA as she could. This week we return to Christina, and we get introduced to her mom… the redneck. Not that Christina’s embarrassed about that, or anything. Revisiting Christina’s conversation gives me the opportunity … Continue reading Episode 57: Redneck roots

  • Episode 56: A story about language

    Episode 56: A story about language

    12/08/2016

    artwork © Nico Vassilakis 2012 To engage in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), the linguistic methodology I discussed last week, requires understanding language primarily as a form of communication that can be manipulated to represent the world in different ways. Indeed, language is often understood as a form of communication that is unique to human beings, … Continue reading Episode 56: A story about language

  • Episode 55: Critical condition

    Episode 55: Critical condition

    05/08/2016

    The Oregonian/2003 This week I discuss the branch of linguistics – Critical Discourse Analysis, or CDA – that most informs my approach to grammatically analysing texts. It’s the ‘critical’ part of CDA that appeals to me most – an aim of most practitioners of CDA is to explore the role language plays in maintaining or … Continue reading Episode 55: Critical condition

  • Episode 54: I was so hungry

    Episode 54: I was so hungry

    22/07/2016

    Our explorations in phenomenology have led us to understand consciousness as submerged in the world of perception. I have made a case for understanding this phenomenological world  not as material world, but as a social world. I keep drawing upon Merleau-Ponty’s image of the blindfolded person who uses a stick to gain perceptual experience of … Continue reading Episode 54: I was so hungry

  • Episode 53: Submerged in the social world

    Episode 53: Submerged in the social world

    15/07/2016

    Remember Episode 51, when we made our way, blindfolded, around a room with nothing more than a cardboard tube to guide us? We delve deeper into the depths of phenomenology this week – almost literally – taking seriously Sara Ahmed’s description in her Queer Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty’s perspective, in which ‘bodies are submerged, such that … Continue reading Episode 53: Submerged in the social world

  • Episode 52: I’m very grateful for you listening today

    Episode 52: I’m very grateful for you listening today

    08/07/2016

    Today I celebrate 52 weeks of religiously produced Structured Visions episodes! Enjoy a glass of bubbly with me while I share with you some of the motivations behind making the podcast and what I find so enjoyable about it. I also express my gratitude some figures who have been inspirations for me along the way: … Continue reading Episode 52: I’m very grateful for you listening today

  • Episode 51: A Message from the Emperor, Part 2

    Episode 51: A Message from the Emperor, Part 2

    01/07/2016

    We return to Kafka’s tale this week – a tale of a distance that can never be breached. What if we understood the ‘you’ in Kafka’s ‘Message from the Emperor’ – that lowly subject at the edge of the empire – as a self that’s attached to the social body? And what if the emperor, … Continue reading Episode 51: A Message from the Emperor, Part 2

  • Episode 50: A Message from the Emperor, Part 1

    Episode 50: A Message from the Emperor, Part 1

    24/06/2016

    We’ve been building up to some exciting ideas in these podcasts, many of which came to a head in Episode 47. Here are some of the key points: I’ve been recommending that when we think about social structure we draw upon a different binary than those that are often used. Rather than individual-society, or self-body, I’ve proposed human … Continue reading Episode 50: A Message from the Emperor, Part 1

  • Episode 49: Calling all ethnographers

    Episode 49: Calling all ethnographers

    17/06/2016

    What do you do when your social vision doesn’t match that of those around you? Or if you come from a planet where the social world is a lot more harmonious than the one you’re noticing on earth? You could try ethnography. Ethnography and the spirit of exploration in today’s episode. Download Episode 49: Calling … Continue reading Episode 49: Calling all ethnographers

  • Episode 48: The magnificent brother from the new world

    Episode 48: The magnificent brother from the new world

    10/06/2016

    I reached into my mailbag during today’s podcast and found this letter from a faithful listener. OK, it was my brother. Or, as he likes to call himself, ‘the magnificent brother from the new world’. Jodie, I’m catching up on podcasts and am in the middle of listening to #47. I hope you don’t mind but … Continue reading Episode 48: The magnificent brother from the new world

  • Episode 47: The grammatical face of the other

    Episode 47: The grammatical face of the other

    03/06/2016

    We go back to middle school this week, looking once more at the This American Life episode dedicated to the subject, and taking up once again Levinas’s notions of alterity and face. Here’s what I said last week about middle school: Middle school is a social body that has a face. … I want us … Continue reading Episode 47: The grammatical face of the other

  • Episode 46: Middle school, embodied

    Episode 46: Middle school, embodied

    27/05/2016

    In an episode of This American Life, 14-year-old Annie relates middle school to a ‘whitewashed, brick-walled, iron-gated prison’ that she finally escapes from. Annie’s description gives us a good excuse to revisit the use of prison metaphors to describe oppressive social structures. Foucault’s Panopticon will spring to mind for many Structured Visions listeners, but we … Continue reading Episode 46: Middle school, embodied

  • Episode 45: Can’t you do something with her?

    Episode 45: Can’t you do something with her?

    20/05/2016

    More this week on the human body and the social body. What about the self? In this episode I go against the idea that there’s a one-to-one correspondence between the self and the human body – that each time we see a human body there’s a singular self/mind/consciousness that is attached to/merged with/inhabiting it. Did … Continue reading Episode 45: Can’t you do something with her?

  • Episode 44: We got everything back

    Episode 44: We got everything back

    13/05/2016

    Today I explore in a bit more detail these two potentially provocative premises: that the social body is real, and that it hasn’t yet been formed. Let’s take them each in turn: The social body is real. We can spend all day under the influence of our favourite substances (beer, wine, Haribo sweets) what it … Continue reading Episode 44: We got everything back

  • Episode 43: Bye bye body metaphor

    Episode 43: Bye bye body metaphor

    06/05/2016

    There’s a new binary opposition in town! Instead of thinking, as we have been in Structured Visions, about the individual in relation to society, I’ve proposed we begin to think in terms of two types of body. The human body and the social body. The self, as I said in Episode 42, attaches to one … Continue reading Episode 43: Bye bye body metaphor

  • Episode 42: Discipline and Punish, part 3

    Episode 42: Discipline and Punish, part 3

    29/04/2016

    Be prepared in this episode for a bit of dramatic irony – a term I learned when I read Shirley Jackson’s short story ‘Charles’. A little boy, Laurie, comes home every day from kindergarten with stories about a classroom bully named Charles. At the end of the book the parents find out that it’s Laurie … Continue reading Episode 42: Discipline and Punish, part 3

  • Episode 41: Discipline and Punish, part 2

    Episode 41: Discipline and Punish, part 2

    22/04/2016

    We’re still on Michel Foucault’s book, Discipline and Punish: what kinds of punitive techniques are needed to keep in place different social structures? I use the Penelope Soto story to illustrate Foucault’s comments about punishment under a feudal system. And reflections on Wal-Mart and shoplifting give us insights about punishment under a capitalist system. The … Continue reading Episode 41: Discipline and Punish, part 2

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