The Everyday Production of Modern Subjectivity in World Society: Global Structures Meet Local Practices in Palestine

  • Jan BusseEmail author
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This chapter pursues two interrelated objectives. First, it attempts to draw attention to the role of the modern individual in the constitution of world (societal) order. For that purpose, this contribution offers an analysis of how modern subjectivity is constituted within the overarching framework of world society. It does so by bringing together Foucauldian research on subjectivity with the world society theorization of the Stanford School’s sociological neo-institutionalism. The chapter argues that modern subjectivity in world society fundamentally relies on the three dimensions of the autonomous, the responsible, and the enterprising self. Second, on this basis, the chapter aims to show that modern subjectivity can be observed in diverse political contexts in world society. In other words, the global pervasiveness of modern subjectivity is an important characteristic of world society. In this regard, the chapter will present instances of the materialization of modern subjectivity in Palestine in the context of education and sports.


Modern Subjectivity World Society Enterprising Self Global Pervasiveness Foucauldian Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of World Politics and Conflict StudiesBundeswehr University MunichNeubibergGermany

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