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Offering a major challenge to established textbooks and pointing to inspiring new ways of approaching sociology, this book presents a notable shift in introductory sociology. Too often the subject is taught as a dry and detached system of thought and practice. Passion is regarded as something to avoid or to treat with inherent suspicion. By asking questions about sociology and its relation to passion, the authors seek to revitalize the subject. The book introduces and develops a number of themes such as: identity, knowledge, magic, desire, power and everyday life. It argues that students should analyze these themes through practices including: reading, writing, speaking, storytelling and organizing. The authors aim to intr

Desire
Desire

For, unfortunately, Hegel isn't inventing things. What I mean is that the dialectic, its syllogistic system, the subject's going out into the other in order to come back to itself, this entire process … is, in fact, what is commonly at work in our everyday banality.

(Cixous 1986: 78)

Desire is a relation, an emotional dynamic between the self and an other. It is also fundamental to the workings and motivations of knowledge: knowledge consists of a movement outside oneself into the world, a movement towards an other, whatever form that other might take, whether it be the otherness of another person, place, social world, or even the otherness inherent in an unfamiliar idea. Cixous is referring to Hegel's famous story of desire, the life and ...

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