Chapter 12

STEELWORKERSEmergence of a potential

Much of the immediate data that a sociological study normally takes account of is in the domain of what philosophers still refer to as appearances: they contribute very little to the understanding of reality. As we have said in various connexions, to go beyond this and above all to try to grasp a hidden social potential seems to us to be one of the most urgent tasks. In our view, a new means of investigation should be used to its fullest extent to reveal this element of virtuality, which is usually concealed by appearances.

Now, photographic or cinematic images have the characteristic of manifesting this virtuality to the highest degree, and they should in theory pilot us back towards these immediate ...

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