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Lecture 1

CS203 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Social Inequality, Institute For Operations Research And The Management Sciences, Gilles Deleuze

Communication Studies
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Greigory De Peuter

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Key words
1. Theory
oAs explanations
oFounding figures: Raymond Williams
Def’n: theory as a system of ideas which explain
E.g., theories of climate change, social
inequality etc.
oNot one single theory, or explanation
Multiple and competing theories
oPractice of explanation
Attempts to account for the way that things are
and the way that things might be
oGeneral opinion that theory is abstract
oArguably all of us are doing theory almost all the time
Theory informs our behavior and our outlooks
oTheory does something when it becomes useful for
asking… questions about how tings work and how they
might work differently Theory and action are not as
nearly opposd as they might appear at first glance
Making what’s familiar to us, strange.
De-familiarize what’s natural
oTheory is critical in the sense of questioning the status
quo of challenging assumptions
Doing theory has the potential to not be abstract
Need theory because it does some work for you
and on you
2. Concepts
othe theorist’s tools of investigation and analysis
oopen pathways for thought
oopen ways to new ways of thinking and unsettle routine
ways of thinking
oguide our thought
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