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Critical theory and the affective turn
Simon Mussell

applied independently to different topics so as to guarantee the critic’s rightness in each and every instance. Critics’ well-​worn ‘gestures’ and techniques are said to reveal secret forces and fetishes at work everywhere, apparently giving undue credence to even the most fantastical of conspiracy theories. But at the same time, Latour argues, critics hold their own fetishistic, discipline-​specific beliefs beyond reproach. As he puts it, with the flippancy that has become a hallmark of his recent writing: Antifetishists debunk objects they don’t believe in by showing

in Critical theory and feeling
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Darrow Schecter

not unfold any more haphazardly than differentiation. The aim is to come up with explanations of populism, democratic deficits, dysfunctional differentiation, and other qualitative changes in the conditions of statehood without resorting to conspiracy theories or dubious narratives of inexorable decline. One needs a method­ ology capable of illuminating the reasons why the state and statehood have always been simultaneously concrete and conceptual, why democracy has always been about inter-​systemic communication, and why, finally, statehood, inter

in Critical theory and sociological theory