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Disorienting Democracy: Politics of emancipation

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by Clare Woodford
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Disorienting Democracy: Politics of emancipation by Clare Woodford

Drawing on recent developments in continental political thought 'Disorienting Democracy' rethinks democracy as a practice that can be used to counter the increasing poverty, inequality and insecurity that mark our contemporary era. In answer to concerns that the contemporary left is not strong enough for these so-called times of crisis this book argues that the left must urgently return to strongly redistributive policies but that this alone is not enough. To bring lasting change it must continually work to untangle its longstanding emancipatory ideals from the dominatory tendencies that have undermined and weakened it throughout the 20th century.

In response, this book argues that the work of Jacques Rancière is key. Countering domination with a resolute assertion of the capacities of all he gives us a radical politics of emancipation that emerges through subjects who refuse to know their place. In appropriating alternative ways of living they disidentify with everyday consensus, rupturing and subverting our unequal order to force alternatives onto the agenda. Juxtaposing Rancière with other thinkers from Judith Butler to Jacques Derrida, Woodford draws out the practical  implications of Rancière's work for our current time. She develops dissensual practices that provoke us to not just assert that another world is possible, but to bring about that other world today. 

Challenging what it means to do political philosophy, rethinking the role of critical theory, ethics, education, literature and aesthetics for democracy, and rejecting the longstanding divide between theory and activism, this book will be of particular interest to graduates, scholars and activis

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Pages: 206
Size: 2.3 MB
Publisher: Routledge
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9781315473086 (DRM-PDF)

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