A performative framework for the study of intellectuals

Patrick Baert, Marcus Morgan

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This article introduces a new, performative framework for analysing intellectuals and intellectual interventions. It elaborates on the strengths of this theoretical perspective vis-à-vis rival approaches and develops this frame of reference by exploring key constituent concepts, including positioning, script and staging. The article then exemplifies the framework and demonstrates its applicability by exploring a public intellectual performance by Jean-Paul Sartre. To conclude, the article reflects on recent shifts in public intellectual performances, especially changes that are relatively durable and connected to the rise of new media.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-339
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Issue number3
Early online date23 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • existentialism
  • performativity
  • positioning
  • social drama,
  • social media
  • sociology of intellectuals


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