Lifeworld Inc. : and what to do about it
Thrift, N. J.. (2011) Lifeworld Inc. : and what to do about it. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol.29 (No.1). pp. 5-26. ISSN 0263-7758
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d0310
Can we detect changes in the way that the world turns up as they turn up? This paper makes such an attempt. The first part of the paper argues that a wide-ranging change is occurring in the ontological preconditions of Euro-American cultures, based in reworking what and how an event is produced. Driven by the security – entertainment complex, the aim is to mass produce phenomenological encounter: Lifeworld Inc as I call it. Swimming in a sea of data, such an aim requires the construction of just enough authenticity over and over again. In the second part of the paper, I go on to argue that this new world requires a different kind of social science, one that is experimental in its orientation—just as Lifeworld Inc is—but with a mission to provoke awareness in untoward ways in order to produce new means of association. Only thus, or so I argue, can social science add to the world we are now beginning to live in.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy|
|Divisions:||Administration > Vice Chancellor's Office|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Ontologism, Social sciences|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Environment and Planning D: Society and Space|
|Page Range:||pp. 5-26|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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