"What if we were to accept that the goal of theory is not to extend knowledge by confirming what we already know, that the world is a place of domination and oppression? What if we asked theory instead to help us see openings, to provide a space of freedom and possibility?
As a means of getting theory to yield something new, Sedgwick suggests reducing its reach, localizing its purview, practicing a ‘weak’ form of theory. The practice of weak theorizing involves refusing to extend explanation too widely or deeply, refusing to know too much. Weak theory could not know that social experiments are doomed to fail or destined to reinforce dominance; it could not tell us that the world economy will never be transformed by the disorganized proliferation of local projects.
Strong theory has produced our powerlessness by positing unfolding logics and structures that limit politics. Weak theory
could de-exoticize power and help us accept it as our pervasive, uneven milieu. We could begin to explore the many mundane forms of power. A differentiated landscape of force, constraint, energy, and freedom would open up and we could open ourselves to the positive energies that are suddenly available."
Diverse Economies: performative practices for 'other worlds' by Gibson-Graham
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