A performative framework for the study of intellectuals
European Journal of Social Theory
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Baert, P., & Morgan, M. (2017). A performative framework for the study of intellectuals. European Journal of Social Theory https://doi.org/10.1177/1368431017690737
This article introduces a new, performative framework for analysing intellectuals and intellectual interventions. It elaborates on the strengths of this theoretical perspective vis-à-vis rival approaches and develops this frame of reference by exploring key constituent concepts, including positioning, script and staging. The article then exemplifies the framework and demonstrates its applicability by exploring a public intellectual performance by Jean-Paul Sartre. To conclude, the article reflects on recent shifts in public intellectual performances, especially changes that are relatively durable and connected to the rise of new media.
existentialism, performativity, positioning, social drama, social media, sociology of intellectuals
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement n°319974 (INTERCO-SSH), as well as funding from the Leverhulme Trust.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368431017690737
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/263139