DID WE REALLY GET RID OF COMMANDS? THOUGHTS ON A THEME FROM ELIAS CANETTI

Neither in contemporary sociology nor in legal theory is much
attention paid to the theoretical object of commands. This paper explores some
features of commands that tend to remain largely invisible in social action, as well as
largely under-theorized in the scholarly literature. The analysis draws on early
reflection by Elias Canetti and tries to clarify the dynamics of the relationship between
law and commands from a sociological perspective. The main claim is that
command cannot be reduced to a linguistic entity, but has to be considered in the
more complex frame of a direct relationship among subjects and their bodies within a
shared space. Explanation of commands is made even more difficult by the fact that
they take place in a space that is located ambiguously in between the realm of the
subjective and that of the objective, in between passions and institutions.

http://booksc.org/dl/8017464/4099cb

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