Liberation for Straw Dogs? Old Materialism, New Materialism, and the Challenge of an Emancipatory Posthumanism

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Cudworth, E. and Hobden, S. 2014. Liberation for Straw Dogs? Old Materialism, New Materialism, and the Challenge of an Emancipatory Posthumanism. Globalizations. 12 (1), pp. 134-148.
AuthorsCudworth, E. and Hobden, S.
Abstract

The term ‘new materialism’ has recently gained saliency as a descriptor for an eclectic range of positions that question the human-centred and human-exclusive focus of scholarship across the humanities and social sciences. In turn these emerging perspectives have been subject to critique by those writing in the established materialist tradition, who argue that new materialism ignores the unique specificity of human agency and the transformatory capabilities of our species. Our previous interventions have endorsed a particular account of posthumanism that draws together complexity influenced systems theory with elements of political ecologism that have incorporated aspects of established materialist and humanist thinking. This article rejects the old materialist critique that denies the emancipatory potential of posthumanist thinking, and explores the potential for an emancipatory posthumanism.

JournalGlobalizations
Journal citation12 (1), pp. 134-148
ISSN1474-774X
1474-7731
Year2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2014.971634
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Print30 Oct 2014
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Deposited09 Sep 2015
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalizations, Special Issue ‘Occupying Subjectivity: Being and Becoming Radical in the Twenty-First Century', on 30.10.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14747731.2014.971634
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