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Socio(techno)logical Dividuations

  • Michaela Ott
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This chapter, “Socio(techno)logical Dividuations,” discusses contemporary sociological concepts of world and information/knowledge societies, adding weight to the argument that because of the global migration of living beings, things, services and digitalised information, and because of the generalised multi-directional orientations and participations of humans, cultures, economies, state and other societies, we have to examine the ensuing cultural mixtures and hybridisations; we must conceive of nation-states and cultures, also, as dividual entities. While Habermas still believes in the human capacity of substantial individuation—in opposition to market-driven individualisation—the sociologist Ulrich Beck presents the homeless border-dweller as the paradigmatic contemporary existence, and deplores the transnational/transcontinental exporting and dividuation of risks and ecological catastrophes.

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  • Michaela Ott
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