In the past decade, more so in the past three years as I have taken social science research and writing more as a career, with quality writing for commercial consulting works a core activity as well, I have read across the board from engineering to creative writing to photography theory. The percolations are surprising as the cross pollination of ideas gravitate towards populating the interstices and create spaces which are enriching. I have been blessed to have mentors who are brave academic activists, have taught me that theory building comes with fronting the ‘body’ as a site of performance/resistance on the frontline.
Corporate sector is not a sterile space as well, from start ups to Fortune 500, business is where everyday reality is lived, engine of economics. These neoliberal spaces, as per dominant academic literature is the ‘other’, the ‘impure’ the hegemony of capital, excellent as objects of analysis, when hardly these theories seep in to spaces that are potentially spaces for change, little is acted upon. Ask a CEO of a tech company facing diversity issues from Silicon Valley regarding Chandra Mohanty or Judith Butler, the answer will be quite obvious, leave alone an opaque Spivak.
The recent discourse about low flame lynchings all over the country, resulting in a #notinmynamecampaign especially among left liberal urbane friends and inherent critiques of not addressing caste based inequalities amongst the tribe is a minority with little purchase in the mainstream.
As spaces of discourse shrink on the ground, they only move online.