The Importance of Being Useless: A Cross-Cultural Contribution to the New Materialisms from Zhuangzi

@article{Kwek2018TheIO,
  title={The Importance of Being Useless: A Cross-Cultural Contribution to the New Materialisms from Zhuangzi},
  author={Dorothy H. B. Kwek},
  journal={Theory, Culture & Society},
  year={2018},
  volume={35},
  pages={21 - 48}
}
The recent ‘material turn’ focuses on materiality in two distinctive ways: one, by including nonhuman agencies, another, by mining indigenous knowledges for alternative conceptions of agency and human–thing relations. A troubling gap persists between the two endeavours. The gap insinuates an us–them dichotomy and, more importantly, curtails communication between radically different visions of thingly agency – thereby impeding the political drive of these conceptual enterprises. This article is… Expand
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