Theses on a Speculative Sociology
While the versions of speculative sociology proferred by Cordero and Wilkie are grounded in the Marxist conception of the moment of crisis, I wish to contribute a version that is rooted in the moment of the normal — that is, founded upon the assumption that the situation from which we engage in speculation will, barring some kind of crisis, continue unabated into the future, and thus needs to be the rooting moment for speculation.
The form of speculative sociology I propose here is rooted in the critical works of Marxism and the Frankfurt School, as well as anticolonial, postcolonial, and decolonial critical theory. It takes seriously the work done on public sociology, ranging from Bourdieu’s public interventions to Burawoy’s theoretical contributions to our understanding of the work of sociology. This paper seeks to develop an anticipatory analysis of the future of extant social problems, and to develop a normatively-grounded framework for their evaluation and for developing solutions to these problems in the here and now so as to stave off their manifestation as crisis.