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Lines of Power/Limits of Language

1991
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Gunnar Olsson

Lines of Power/Limits of Language

Olsson’s singular brand of linguistic experimentation focuses on the basic structures that determine the organization of knowledge. He repeatedly reveals the nexus between the exercise of power, the use and content of language, and the taken-for-granted internal worlds of individuals.

Olsson’s singular brand of linguistic experimentation focuses on the basic structures that determine the organization of knowledge. He repeatedly reveals the nexus between the exercise of power, the use and content of language, and the taken-for-granted internal worlds of individuals.

“[Olsson] is one of the most challenging writers in the social sciences, precisely because he attacks the basic structures on which knowledge stands. He is one of the very few writers who makes his readers squirm, not for the effect itself, but to communicate that which typically lies beyond the realm of the printed page.” Roger Miller, University of Minnesota

Lines of Power/Limits of Language

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Olsson's singular brand of linguistic experimentation focuses on the basic structures that determine the organization of knowledge. He repeatedly reveals the nexus between the exercise of power, the use and content of language, and the taken-for-granted internal worlds of individuals.

"This collection of essays is an exemplary exercise in abstracting the regulatory principles from a host of incommensurate world-pictures, and it is particularly effective in abstracting the constitutive stutter from the orthodoxy of identarian thought, the heterodoxy of dialectical sublation, and the undecidable play of the Saussurean Bar. Lines of Power unfolds with great insight and lucidity of imbrication of power and knowledge" Ecumene

Lines of Power/Limits of Language

Gunnar Olsson is professor of economic geography and planning at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Urban and Regional Planning in Stockholm. Olsson was professor of geography at the University of Michigan, and has been a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. Among his books are Distance and Human Interaction, Birds in Eggs/Eggs in Birds, and Antipasti.

Lines of Power/Limits of Language

“[Olsson] is one of the most challenging writers in the social sciences, precisely because he attacks the basic structures on which knowledge stands. He is one of the very few writers who makes his readers squirm, not for the effect itself, but to communicate that which typically lies beyond the realm of the printed page.” Roger Miller, University of Minnesota

“This collection of essays is an exemplary exercise in abstracting the regulatory principles from a host of incommensurate world-pictures, and it is particularly effective in abstracting the constitutive stutter from the orthodoxy of identarian thought, the heterodoxy of dialectical sublation, and the undecidable play of the Saussurean Bar. Lines of Power unfolds with great insight and lucidity of imbrication of power and knowledge” Ecumene