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French post-war social theory; international knowledge transfer.


French post-war social theory; international knowledge transfer.

Robbins, Derek.

Sage Publications


201 pages



Theory, culture & society


The texts of French social thought have been decontextualized, de-historicized, and neutralized as they have been appropriated in Anglophone contexts, says Robbins (international social theory, U. of East London). He explores the extent to which texts that emerged from a social, republican tradition in France have become absorbed within a liberal field of reception in a manner that eliminates their ideological subversiveness. He also seeks to relocate terms borrowed from French social theory--such as governmentality, and cultural capital--as provisional and heuristic rather than the a priori concepts they too often become in English scholarship.

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