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Reading Group: The Utopia of Rules

Hosted by the Department of Sociology

Zoom Meeting

Chair

Dr Ayça Çubukçu

Dr Ayça Çubukçu

We are hosting a reading group to discuss the work of David Graeber. On 28 May, we will discuss The Utopia of Rules. We will read chapter 3.

Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And is it really a cipher for state violence?

To answer these questions, the anthropologist David Graeber—one of our most important and provocative thinkers—traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice…though he also suggests that there may be something perversely appealing—even romantic—about bureaucracy.

Leaping from the ascendance of right-wing economics to the hidden meanings behind Sherlock Holmes and Batman, The Utopia of Rules is at once a powerful work of social theory in the tradition of Foucault and Marx, and an entertaining reckoning with popular culture that calls to mind Slavoj Zizek at his most accessible.

The discussion will be led by Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Associate Professor in Human Rights.

 

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