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Actor-Network Theory (ANT)

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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants.

Culture

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Culture is shorthand for the stuff that makes human interactions meaningful and comprehensible.

Ideology

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Ideology is any set of socially structured ideas guiding behavior and thought in particular domains of life.

Formats

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Formats are recognizably patterned forms of behavior, subject to norms and judged accordingly by others.

Linguicism

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Linguicism is language discrimination or language racism, the discrimination of speakers of a certain language.
Kristof Verfaillie

Diggit profile: Kristof Verfaillie

Interview
Jan Blommaert
20/01/2020

Criminologist Kristof Verfaillie discusses the totalizing and counterproductive aspects of contemporary, technologically shaped security and surveillance regimes.

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Conservative critiques of identity politics as divisive

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
21/01/2020
11 minutes to read

Rosalyn Negron unpacks the logics that underlie conservative critiques of left identity politics and zooms in on the specific significance of this discursive frame among conservatives.

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Alle mensen zijn intellectuelen. Van Gramsci naar Breitbart (Antonio Gramsci, Arthur Weststeijn)

Review
Jan Blommaert
28/12/2019
14 minutes to read

De Nederlandstalige uitgave van fragmenten uit Gramscis notities is extreem relevant voor het begrijpen van hedendaagse politiek.

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Ok boomer and the 'generation war'

Article
Leonie Milder
22/01/2020
14 minutes to read

By now, everyone has heard of it. The term ‘ok boomer’ has gone viral. The term comes from 'Baby Boomer', a name for the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Now, it means something completely different as the 'generation war' rages on.

Borat: a Bi-cultural Mockumentary

Paper
Valentina Brkan
29/11/2019
12 minutes to read

As a bi-cultural mockumentary, Borat manages to parody, critique and deconstruct both American and Kazakh culture.

Victims of Illegal Repression in Chile

Chile violates Human Rights (and everyone can see it on Twitter)

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
12/11/2019
5 minutes to read

Violations of human rights in Chile are evident in pictures, videos and testimonies. To Latin Americans, they resemble reports of human rights violations by military dictatorships, like the Never Again in Argentina. Is Twitter the new Never Again?

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Heteronormativity awareness. Critical notes on Workplace Pride

Column
Sanne van Driel
01/11/2019
13 minutes to read

Now that Tilburg University has raised the rainbow flag, let's talk about heteronormativity. On Coming Out Day, Tilburg University announced its membership to Workplace Pride. Some critical reflections on 'coming out' and safe spaces.

(De) constructing Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential campaign

Article
Ulisses Sawczuk da Silva
30/09/2019
15 minutes to read

Bolsonaro has harnessed new and legacy media in building an image of authenticity. This sucessful media strategy has helped catapult him to the presidency, despite his tendency towards offensive statements and hyper nationalism.