On the Politics of Cultural Theory: A Case for "Contaminated" Cultural Critique

Stewart, Kathleen
June 1991
Social Research;Summer91, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p395
Academic Journal
This article races the cultural politics of constructive social-scientific theorizing and contaminated deconstructive theorizing. Constructive social-scientific theorizing sees its object from a decontaminated distance while contaminated deconstructive theorizing disrupts the distance between observing subject and the real world of objects. It is the essential function of narrative to bear witness, to leave a trace, to confer form in life and so survive. The author suggests that cultural critics also follow the traces. And to do so requires more than good intentions and a relativist method posing as a theory.


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