Course: Social TheoryFrom Weber, we get the (Modern) Bureaucratic, Rational life. We seek certainly and
order through legitimacy, authority, vocation and structure. Power is central to social
practice. And our acceptance and domination is secured through various bureaucratic
and rational practices.
From Sociologies of Race and Racial Formation, we get a structural practice of power
that defines and re-defines racial meanings to meet the structural needs of society. We
get histories written and re-written. We get a lived experience of race that plays off of
binaries and constructs of power.
And somewhere in this mix we have social media. A point made in class and in the
documentaries posted is that race becomes a myth that fills in the spaces created by
racism and homogenous practices. How does social media fill in these gaps? Why and
how do we use social media in a Weberian manner? And finally, how can we use social
media to challenge racial practices.
To put it all a little differently, how does social media become a practice of race? Using
Weber, how does social media have any legitimacy and authority regarding race? How
does social media impact and effect our strategic action? How has social media become
an iron cage? Would Stuart Hall see social media as another example of race as a ‘floating
signifier’? And in all of this, is there a way to create social change around issues of