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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.
Virat Kohli

Interested in globalization? Watch cricket

Column
Jan Blommaert
25/06/2019
7 minutes to read

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is a global media event of enormous size, while cricket itself is practiced only in a relatively small area in the world. How come?

How ballroom culture is shaped by oppression

Paper
Tunde Farago
14/06/2019
10 minutes to read

In this paper, the two-dimensional forms of differentiation as documented in Paris is Burning will be discussed, with the aim to analyse how this shapes the ballroom culture.

kapitalisme, capitalism,

Kapitalisme bespreekbaar gemaakt (Vivek Chibber)

Review
Jan Blommaert
06/06/2019
9 minutes to read

Vivek Chibber biedt de beginner een uitstekende en vlot leesbare inleiding op het kapitalisme, met enkele doordenkertjes.

Martin Garrix in Paradiso Amsterdam

Reusing Churches in the Netherlands

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
28/06/2019
13 minutes to read

Churches close down because of the small number of parishioners and this tendency is an important marker for the position of religion in Western Europe. What happens when churches do not attract the same numbers of believers anymore?

Liberalism, aka ‘the left’ in the US?

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Christian Chun
23/04/2019
5 minutes to read

In his new column, Christian Chun zooms in on the use of 'liberalism' and 'liberals' as a synonym for the left in United States. Socialism and the left should should not be conflated with liberalism. 

capitalism, neoliberalism

What’s in a word: Neoliberalism or capitalism?

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Christian Chun
20/03/2019
5 minutes to read

Is there a difference between capitalism and neoliberalism? And what are the affordances of employing one term over another? Does this matter? According to Christian Chun (University of Massachusetts Boston) it does matter. 

Dr. Linnet Taylor

Dr. Linnet Taylor on data justice

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The Editors
13/03/2019

Would you like to live in a world with perfect discrimination? Probably not. That's why thinking and talking about data justice is important. Dr. Linnet Taylor from Tilburg University explains.