Articulation: Individuals to Collectives

Author: Victor Peterson II, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK
Published: September 16, 2022

Citation: Peterson II, V. (2022). Articulation: Individuals to Collectives. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 7(1).


This work illustrates the inner workings of a model set forth by Stuart Hall that analyzes how social formations emerge, interact, evolve, and dissolve over time. It treats social-cultural and political movements as complex adaptive systems and utilizes information theory to treat these conceptual entities as physical systems. In so doing, Articulation theory shows how relations of subordination and dominance emerge and provides a solution to how individual acts may harbor non-local effects on and within social formations.


articulation theory, information theory, mereology, sorites, Stuart Hall