Horizontal Solidarities and Molten Capitalism: the subject, intersubjectivity, self and the other in late modernity

Hey, Valerie (2002) Horizontal Solidarities and Molten Capitalism: the subject, intersubjectivity, self and the other in late modernity. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 23 (2). pp. 227-241. ISSN 0159-6306

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Abstract

Friendship is a generative topic because it covers questions about the self and the social, so encompassing the political, public, personal and interpersonal negotiation of difference. Friends can embody the resistance as well as the enactment of 'fixing' positions as shown within recent ethnographic work on friendship as identity work (Hey, 1997 , 'The Company She Keeps', Open University Press). Theorised as a practice about making up and breaking up¿about coming to understandings and mis/understandings¿friendship has been taken as a metaphor as well as a statement about the im/possibilities of citizenship (Hey, 2001, 'Dancing Round Hanbags', University of Lisbon).

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Additional Information: This was a specially commissioned 'think piece' paper commenting on the power and theoretical purchase of pupils' relationship culture rendered as ethnographic data. Empirical studies from Australia and Britain were subjected to a novel reading through Hey's further re-theorisation of friendship as micro-spaces of social difference (Hey, 1997) contoured by structures of inequality. Hey interrogated the question of the significance of the psycho-social dimensions of relating to others. Providing an enriched reading of `what's at stake' in friendship for young people challenged its trivialisation, showed its social and educational significance and established ground for devising interventions sensitive to how gender and social class as `identity work' are undertaken in the seeming banality of everyday inter-personal networks.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Valerie Hey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:20
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 08:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15850
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