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a relational theory of addiction 

From Addiction By Design, by Natasha Dow Schüll, pg 16. I must read Shaffer, as I’ve tried in the past to argue precisely this, using the cumbersome critical realist terminology of ‘two sets of properties and powers’: “The potential for addiction,” writes Howard Shaffer, a prominent academic researcher in the […]

the sociology of ‘blotting out’ experience 

One of the most interesting aspects of Margaret Archer’s work on reflexivity is her interest in how people sometimes seek to ‘blot out’ their experience. Her overarching concern is with the variability of reflexivity, something which I think is hugely important against an intellectual background in which most   thinkers […]