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We based ourselves on category; then, at a far later date wc discovered a bit approximately ethnicity; extra lately we came across gender; and extra lately nonetheless we realized whatever - maybe now not greatly but - approximately age and incapacity. So may possibly a white, center category, center elderly guy with a normativcly licensed set of actual abilities write of the background of his sociology. So may well he touch upon the way he slowly realized that 'his' sociology had by no means spoken for 'us': that every one alongside the sociological 'wc' was once a Leviathan that had accomplished its (sense of) order via usurping or silencing the opposite voices.Even so, this was once a sociology consistently pushed, at the very least partly, through a priority with distribution - for another way it'll by no means have discovered of its isolation. It was once pushed via a priority with ache. It was once pushed by way of an ambivalent desire to study of and interfere approximately injustice. yet what may still count number as a distribution used to be fought through the years and time back within the retreat from a sovereign order. 'We* stumbled on it tricky to recognize classification - for in spite of everything, we're all loose and equivalent out there. And ethnicity, too, was once sluggish to come back into concentration, possibly since it used to be was hoping that this used to be underpinned through a common sense of sophistication. Then those that glance type heavily - and, to make sure, those that didn't - came across it tough to recognize gender. the place 'we* at the moment are, gender is a little, yet merely a bit of, in concentration. nonetheless there are nice silences approximately gender. As there are approximately age, approximately incapacity.

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Its power rests, as Latour, Callon and others who have written about this sort of power in networks themselves attest, upon processes of delegation and discipline (Callon 1986). This may be delegation to machines, or to other allies - often humans from allied worlds who will join forces with the actor and attribute the fruits of their action back to him, her or them. And the discipline means convincing or forcing those delegated to conform to patterns of action and representation. This has important political consequences; as Fujimura has written: While Callon and Latour might be philosophically correct about the constructed nature of the science-society dichotomy (who represents nonhumans versus who represents humans), the consequences of that construction are important .

The unity and closedness of the world of the torturerltortured are seen as aberrant and outside the normal world by most people -far outside our normal realm. But Scarry argues that it 1s precisely this distancing that is one of the factors that makes torture possible, because it makes invisible to us what are in fact the pedestrian ingredients of making the world outside the extreme of torture. Simone de Beauvoir (1948) and Hannah Arendt (1977) have made similar arguments about anaesthetization to violence and the banality of evil.

An executive of a major company presents different faces. The executive is a middle-aged man, personable, educated, successful. To tour the manufacturing division of the plant, he dons a hard hat and walks the floor, speaking the lingo of the people who work there. In a board meeting he employs metaphors and statistics, projects a vision of the future of the company. On weekends he rolls up his sleeves and strips old furniture, plays lovingly with his children that he has not seen all week. 2. A self splits under torture.

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