Backing away from circles of control: A re-reading of interpassivity theory’s perspectives on the current political culture of participation
The article re-examines the concepts of interpassivity with Pfaller and van Oenen in order to clarify conceptual difficulties and to develop a specific understanding of interpassivity and its counterpart interactivity. Contrary to the philosophers of interpassivity, it is argued that interactivity does not encompass any form of participation. Instead, the current culture of participation and the interpassive retreat are discussed as elements of a specific circular association connecting humans and other entities, or as a form of (quasi-cybernetic) control mechanism in relation to which the occurrences of interpassivity turn out to be different ways to drop out.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Erfurt
Publication date: November 1, 2017
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