Category Archives: Intellectuals

Collectives of intellectuals: Their cohesiveness, accountability, and who can speak on their behalf

As of late, the sociology of intellectuals has made important inroads into its object of study. Much of this has been achieved by problematizing the modes of engagement intellectuals undertake and multiplying the types of actors that can be considered … Continue reading

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Social Opposition in the Age of Internet: Desktop Intellectuals and Public Intellectuals

The relation of information technology (IT) and more specifically the internet, to politics is a central issue facing contemporary social movements. Like many previous scientific advances the IT innovations have a dual purpose: on the one hand, it has accelerated … Continue reading

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La Centralidad Política de la Clase y la Izquierda Académica Actual

“Estos nuevos guerreros no clasistas de cierta izquierda académica actual aceptan en la práctica la construcción neoliberal del universo social. Tampoco para ellos hay clases o política de clases; simplemente, un mundo postmoderno en el que la fragmentación, la diversidad … Continue reading

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C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals

Charles Wright Mills was a pathbreaking intellectual who transformed the independent American left in the 1940s and 1950s. Often challenging the established ideologies and approaches of fellow leftist thinkers, Mills was central to creating and developing the idea of the … Continue reading

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On the Difficult role of Critical intellectuals in Social Movements

In this article the authors try to elaborate an explicit connection between social theories in relation to the role of intellectuals in social movements. These should view themselves as educational movements if they seek to be successful. By so doing … Continue reading

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The Responsibility of Intellectuals

With respect to the responsibility of intellectuals, there are still other, equally disturbing questions. Intellectuals are in a position to expose the lies of governments, to analyze actions according to their causes and motives and often hidden intentions. In the … Continue reading

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El compromís de l’intellectual – Paul Baran

Què és un intel·lectual? La resposta més òbvia, probablement, seria aquesta: una persona que treballa amb el seu intel·lecte, que es guanya la vida (o, si no s’ha de preocupar d’aquestes coses, que satisfà els seus interessos) amb el cervell … Continue reading

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How Intellectuals Betrayed the Poor

For 40 years academics were duped into idolizing the idea of unfettered markets, says Cornel West, and now our society is paying a terrible price.

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Intellectuals and Power: A conversation between Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze

Read This is a transcript of a 1972 conversation between the post-structuralist philosophers Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, which discusses the links between the struggles of women, homosexuals, prisoners etc to class struggle, and also the relationship between theory, practice … Continue reading

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