Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorPawlett, William
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T10:56:07Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T10:56:07Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-19
dc.identifier.citationPawlett, W. (2018) 'The Sacred, Heterology and Transparency: Between Bataille and Baudrillard', Theory, Culture & Society, 35 (4-5) pp 175-191
dc.identifier.issn0263-2764
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0263276418769729
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/621291
dc.description.abstractThis article re-examines Bataille’s increasingly influential notion of the sacred, with particular emphasis on the left or impure aspects of the sacred and their relationship to social structure or topology. Bataille’s understanding of the ‘sacred nucleus’ of society is examined in detail, particularly his suggestion that society endures only as the hardening of the conduits of sacred and profane around a radically heterogeneous, impure or ‘filthy’ central nucleus. For Bataille the sacred as heterogeneous is necessarily excluded from profane, homogeneous working life, and is internally divided between left and right, or pure and impure aspects. The article then examines the theme of profanation in Bataille’s writing, and the emergence of what he calls ‘post-sacred’ society. Finally, the article turns to Baudrillard’s relationship to Bataille’s work, and, beyond their common indebtedness to Mauss, the author examines the thematic relationship between Bataille’s heterological sacred and Baudrillard’s notions of symbolic exchange, evil and transparency. Baudrillard’s work presents a version of heterology more adapted to the contemporary era of rampant consumerism and virtual technologies, but, as the author argues, it actually departs rather little from Bataille’s position. However, for Baudrillard, profanation generates conditions of hyper-positivity and transparency which reintroduce evil, repulsion and disorder into the social system.
dc.formatapplication/PDF
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSage
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0263276418769729
dc.subjectheterology
dc.subjectimpurity
dc.subjectprofanation
dc.subjectthe sacred
dc.subjectsociety
dc.subjecttransparency
dc.titleThe sacred, heterology and transparency: Between Bataille and Baudrillard
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalTheory, Culture & Society
dc.contributor.institutionWolverhampton University
dc.date.accepted2018-03-06
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Wolverhampton
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUOW22052018WP
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-11-11
dc.source.volume35
dc.source.issue4-5
dc.source.beginpage175
dc.source.endpage191
refterms.dateFCD2018-10-19T08:34:27Z
refterms.versionFCDAM
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-21T15:26:20Z
html.description.abstractThis article re-examines Bataille’s increasingly influential notion of the sacred, with particular emphasis on the left or impure aspects of the sacred and their relationship to social structure or topology. Bataille’s understanding of the ‘sacred nucleus’ of society is examined in detail, particularly his suggestion that society endures only as the hardening of the conduits of sacred and profane around a radically heterogeneous, impure or ‘filthy’ central nucleus. For Bataille the sacred as heterogeneous is necessarily excluded from profane, homogeneous working life, and is internally divided between left and right, or pure and impure aspects. The article then examines the theme of profanation in Bataille’s writing, and the emergence of what he calls ‘post-sacred’ society. Finally, the article turns to Baudrillard’s relationship to Bataille’s work, and, beyond their common indebtedness to Mauss, the author examines the thematic relationship between Bataille’s heterological sacred and Baudrillard’s notions of symbolic exchange, evil and transparency. Baudrillard’s work presents a version of heterology more adapted to the contemporary era of rampant consumerism and virtual technologies, but, as the author argues, it actually departs rather little from Bataille’s position. However, for Baudrillard, profanation generates conditions of hyper-positivity and transparency which reintroduce evil, repulsion and disorder into the social system.


Files in this item

Thumbnail
Name:
Bataille and Baudrillard.pdf
Size:
108.6Kb
Format:
PDF

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/