Power, System, and Social Action: Reflections on Social Theory (79920)

Session Information: Comparative Sociology
Session Chair: Annie Rose Cadeliña

Sunday, 26 May 2024 10:45
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The social actor can be located on the fringes of a system, distant from the centre and close to the boundaries that distinguish the system from the external environment or other systems, delineating a status of marginalisation. When discriminated, on the other hand, it is plausible to locate the social actor within the system as long as he is included in a sub-system, a boundary that substantiates the discriminatory action. A further dimension is embodied where a hexis formation is revealed, whereby the system deposits reference practices in the social actor's bodily nature, making the individual a nuclear part of the system through a culture somatization. If, on the other hand, the social actor is stigmatised, he is outside the system enclosing within himself "the other", and in experiencing the limits he rediscovers the doorway that distinguishes an inside from an outside. Through the proposed model, this contribution aims to investigate the possible orientations of social action within the processes of interaction between individual and system, as well as social forms and spatial structures. Moreover, the analysis aims to focus on the power relations between the actor and the system understood as a political dimension while investigating how phenomena such as stigmatization and insecurity can arise from exercises of power carried out by a state viewed as a system orientated towards the placement of the social actor in one of the four above-mentioned spatial dimensions.

Cinzia Cilento, Vanvitelli University, Italy

About the Presenter(s)
Dr CINZIA CILENTO is a University Doctoral Student at Vanvitelli University in Italy

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