Phantasms of an Insecurity State: Social Psychosis and the Imploding American Dream

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Stephen Pfohl

Past-President of the American Society for the Study of Social Problems and an acclaimed social theorist, Professor Pfohl explores the fallout from the imploding American dream in a time of economic insecurity, political insurgency, and campaign politics.

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Digital Magic, Cybernetic Sorcery: On the Cultural Politics of Fascination and Fear

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Stephen Pfohl

Stephen Pfohl is a Professor in the Sociology Department at Boston College where he teaches courses on social theory, deviance and social control, postmodernity, social psychoanalysis, and the sociology of technology, art, and culture. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Images of Deviance and Social Control (McGraw Hill, 1994), Death at the Parasite Café (St. Martin’s Press, 1992), and Left Behind: Religion, Technology and Flight from the Flesh (NWP/CTheory Books, 2008). He is the co-editor of Culture, Power and History: Studies in Critical Sociology (Brill Publishers, 2006) and author of the forthcoming Venus in Video: Cybernetics and Ultramodern Power. Stephen is also a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, a video maker and performing artist, member of the editorial board of the journal CTheory, and founding member of the Boston-based Sit-Com International.
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CTheory Live Interviews: Stephen Pfohl and Andrew Wernick

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Stephen Pfohl and Andrew Wernick in conversation with Arthur Kroker

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Technologies of the Apocalypse: The Left Behind Novels and the Flight from the Flesh

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Stephen Pfohl

Stephen Pfohl is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College where he teaches courses on social theory; postmodern culture; crime, deviance and social control; images and power; and sociology and psychoanalysis. Stephen is the author of numerous books and articles includingDeath at the Parasite CaféImages of Deviance and Social ControlPredicting Dangerousness,and the forthcoming volumes Venus in Video and Magic and the Machine.  A past President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and a founding member of Sit-Com International, a Boston-area collective of activists and artists, Pfohl is also co-editor of the 2006 book Culture, Power, and History: Studies in Critical Sociology.
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Data Banked Bodies: New Global Technologies of Power

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Stephen Pfohl

Dr. Stephen Pfohl’s presentation, “Data Banked Bodies: New Global Technologies of Power” is a mixed-media performance exploring the social, psychic, and economic dynamics of information — intensive forms of global capitalist technology.
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