Ideas of Difference: Social Spaces and the Labour of Division (Sociological Review Monographs)

Ideas of Difference: Social Spaces and the Labour of Division (Sociological Review Monographs)

By: Kevin Hetherington (editor), Rolland Munro (editor)Paperback

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This book introduces contemporary writing about difference through the idea of the labour of division. The contributors see divisions as artefacts that are not only produced in representations of the social but are performed as a continuous labour. Ideas of Difference will appeal to anyone working on identity, organizing, materiality, ethics or spatiality. In reversing the traditional a division of laboura . the book puts the issue of difference in question. The issue is not so much that differences are reproduced through social constructions, but of identifying the work that social construction allows in creating, consuming and switching a divisionsa . Divisions are no longer seen as fixed, or natural, but are implicated in performing difference.

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Kevin Hetherington is a Lecturer in Sociology at Brunel University. Rolland Munro is Reader in Accountability at the Centre for Social Theory and Technology, Keele University.


Acknowledgements. List of plates. Introduction. Idea of difference: stability, social spaces and the labour of division (Rolland Munro). Section I: Labouring Division. Introduction. The visibility of social systems (Robert Cooper). Gender: division or comparison? (Marilyn Strathern). In the wake of disaster: stress, hysteria and the event (Steven D. Brown). Section II: Organizing Division. Identity in a culture of dissection: body, self and knowledge (Karen Dale). Dividing organizations and multiplying identities (Martin Parker). The labour of division: the manager as a selfa and a othera (Tony J. Watson). Section III: Spacing Division. Resisting pictures: representation, distribution and ontological politics (John Law and Ruth Benschop). In place of geometry: the materiality of place (Kevin Hetherington). Home--made space and the will to disconnect (Steve Hinchliffe). Section IV: Deferring Division. The melancholy of the Black Widow (Heather Hopfl). On words and clocks: temporal ordering in a ward for autistic youths (Ruud Hendriks). Older people in hospital: the labour of division, affirmation and the stop (Joanna E. Latimer). Notes on Contributors. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/10/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780631207689
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780631207689
  • weight: 412
  • ISBN10: 0631207686

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