Decentering (of Subject, of Structure)

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    Postmodernist or poststructuralist writers in general argue that political theory and other discourses have reified people as particular types of monads: rational, instrumental, self-centered, and autonomous agents. In the Enlightenment discourse, these rational instrumental beings choose their actions given the environments in which they find themselves. These rational beings are the agents fashioning the world around them and reacting to that environment in terms of their objects and desires. The agents are the subjects of history and explanation revolves around them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Power
    EditorsKeith Dowding
    Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, California
    PublisherSage Publications Inc
    ISBN (Print)9781412927482
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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