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How to Get Over “Ambiguity-Intolerant” Approaches to Social Theory?

A Feminist Critique of Adorno’s Theory of Knowledge as Social Theory

eginning from Adorno’s empirical research published as The Authoritarian Personality, I have tried to relate actual empirical studies with the concept of “ambiguity intolerance” viewed as fundamental for a certain kind of knowledge. I have shown how Adorno attempts to escape, on a methodological as well as on a theoretical level, different modes of the rigidity of thought. […]

“Polimorfi e poligami e un po’ anche polipi.”

Representations of Ambiguous Masculinity in Late 1970s Bologna

In the early 1970s, as women’s studies and the emerging academic field of queer studies challenged the essentialist assumptions of sociological sex role theory, [1] a major impact among heterosexual men from leftist-alternative and academic circles was also clearly noticeable. Against the backdrop of second-wave feminism and LGBTQ+ movements, quite a few of these men began to participate in the discussion, as a prompt to reflect explicitly on their own […]

(Repatriat)Able Bones

Tales of Ambiguity in the Repatriation Nexus

In the contemporary global context in which the effects of racism continue to ignite vigorous debates and social conflicts, any attempt to deal with issues that stretch back to racism’s historical roots acquires a heightened urgency and relevance.[1] Throughout the last few months, the Black Lives Matter movement that followed the death of George Floyd, brought to the fore debates on the colonial memorials in the cities of the Global North in a way perhaps more tensely laden than even before in the last few years.

“You Can’t Combat Nothing”

Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Reframing Mental Illness Through Webcomics

In late October 2011, Allie Brosh disappeared. For nearly two years, the writer, blogger, and cartoonist enjoyed public recognition as the creator of the webcomic Hyperbole and a Half, which first appeared on Google’s free Blogspot platform in 2009. [1] Gaining cult-like status amongst young adults online, at the height of its popularity in 2010, the blog averaged 200,000 views and between 1,000 and 2,500 comments per post.