Making Trouble: Surrealism and the Human Sciences (Paperback)

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Surrealism was not merely an artistic movement to its adherents but an “instrument of knowledge,” an attempt to transform the way we see the world by unleashing the unconscious as a radical, new means of constructing reality. Born out of the crisis of civilization brought about by World War I, it presented a sustained challenge to scientific rationalism as a privileged mode of knowing. In certain ways, surrealism’s critique of white, Western civilization anticipated many later attempts at producing alternate non-Eurocentric epistemologies. 

With Making Trouble, sociologist and cultural historian Derek Sayer explores what it might mean to take surrealism’s critique of civilization seriously. Drawing on a remarkable range of sources, Sayer first establishes surrealism as an important intellectual antecedent to the study of the human sciences today. He then makes a compelling and well-written argument for rethinking surrealism as a contemporary methodological resource for all those who still look to the human sciences not only as a way to interpret the world, but also to change it. 

About the Author

Derek Sayer is emeritus professor of social theory and cultural studies at the University of Alberta and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of several books, including The Coasts of Bohemia and Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780996635523
ISBN-10: 0996635521
Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2017
Pages: 95
Language: English