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978-1-4985-0192-7 • Hardback • December 2015 • $161.00 • (£125.00)
978-1-4985-0193-4 • eBook • December 2015 • $145.00 • (£112.00)
Alexander I. Stingl is lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts at Leuphana University. He is also visiting fellow in social sciences at the University of Kassel.
1. What a Beautiful Crochet Reef. Decolonial Options and the Delinking of Social Sciences as Conceptual-Empirical Laboratories
2. From Class to Identity… and Back Again? A Geopolitical Question
3. Danse Macabre: The Sacred, the Rational, and the Algorithm
4. Implifications: Biomedical Relevance, Digital Cultural Health Capital, and Governance 3.0
5. Cyborg Gazing Patient Vitreous: The Body as Technology, Technological Object, and Techno-Normativity
6. The Digital Classroom
7. In Plena Vita—Before and Beyond the Curtain Call
In a time when media, social media, nations, and educational settings feed ideas to us in increasingly small sound-bites that are digested on the run, it is refreshing to find a book which takes the time to delve into ontological and epistemic questions relevant to our digitally infused world today. Stingl disentangles the meaning of digital culture and how power and inequality become manifest within digital realms with great care.... For those who can manage the work, in unpacking the implications of Digital Culture and the digital coloniality of power, Stingl’s love of language, philosophy, and ideas comes through as he revels not only in ideas, but in words and word-play. Stingl, however, does not get lost in his rhetoric but rather still has the impassioned commitment to sociology required to get fired up while practicing epistemic disobedience.
— Symbolic Interaction
Today, the internet has become what Jorge Luis Borges called the “Total Library,” and with it, a Promethean promised has been loudly proclaimed: digital culture shall make you free! This incredible book, a Rabelaisian Carnival of knowledges, urges us to see through these myths. Today, the internet and its whole new digital culture has become another means to update and upgrade the hegemony of the Global North over the old and new Global South. Here disciplinary irreverence yields conceptual illumination. Henceforth, when you google you will do so with trepidation but in defiance.
— Eduardo Mendieta, Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
This inventive and unconventional book covers so much intellectual territory that it is at home everywhere and nowhere—a nomadic, ronin-like text. While the text is chocked-full of thoughtful and provocative tangents, Stingl's chief aim is to establish openings and platforms for theorists who want to challenge business-as-usual in the social sciences, and he does so with palpable success based on insights from the broader project of decoloniality and a serious critique of salvation by "digital" means. A comment on style: Stingl's writing is melodic and dark, but a kernel of hope underlies every sentence, every turn-of-phrase. I found the book at once disturbing and enchanting.
— Nicholas Rowland, Pennsylvania State University
An erudite and intrepid book! It exposes the colonial epistemologies framing today’s digital culture and raises crucial questions about the possibilities of a decolonial sociology.
— Jyoti Puri, Simmons College