Verbiage

The best sentence ever:

The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

Oh for a Judith Butler blog! It would be the ultimate clash of registers. Or she would reveal that in an informal setting, she mostly likes to post LOL Cats pics.

Also: here’s an interesting article on bad writing in academia, though the author decided to go on an anti-left tangent at the end:

The problem, finally, is not that academic writing is “ugly” and “stylistically awful.” It’s rather that bad academic writing conceals the political reality of the contemporary university. No longer defined by the common attachment to ordinary rational principles, they have become institutions of one-party rule. To canvass for this party is to promote your career; to dissent from it is to put your career at risk. Young scholars must conform in their writing—and pay a protection fee to the party bosses in the form of quoting them. And “to succumb to verbiage” is really to succumb to “the terror under which many graduate students and junior faculty live.”

Hyperbole much?

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