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Judith Butler - Writing Style

Writing Style

Ugh. Again with the writing. People pay much less attention to what I say than to how I say it. They claim they can't understand my writing, and a journal even went so far as to give me a prize for bad writing. The nerve. Here's the sentence that clinched the prize for me: 

The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

I don't see what's so hard about that.

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