Bodies, non-human matter and the micropolitical production of sociomaterial dis/advantage

Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286, 2021. Bodies, non-human matter and the micropolitical production of sociomaterial dis/advantage. Journal of Sociology. ISSN 1440-7833

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Abstract

This paper sets out a more-than-human framework within which to explore the contribution of non-human matter to social inequality. Applying an approach based in Deleuzian ethology, we extend three invitations: to address the multiplicity and fluidity of dis/advantage, to explore its production in everyday interactions, and to acknowledge non-human as well as human matter in the emergence of dis/advantage. The paper examines how the interactions between human and non-human matter produce and reproduce context-specific bodily capacities and incapacities, and consequently ‘a thousand tiny dis/advantages’. These dis/advantages may accumulate to produce substantive inequalities and social divisions. An illustrative re-reading of Paul Willis’s (1977) study of the cultural reproduction of social inequality Learning to Labour reveals the complex ways in which daily encounters between human and non-human matter produce both transient and lasting dis/advantage. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of this more-than-human perspective for the sociological study of inequality.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Creators: Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 16 April 2021
ISSN: 1440-7833
Identifiers:
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10.1177/14407833211002641DOI
1433302Other
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Apr 2021 14:53
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 14:53
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42740

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