Post-Political and its Discontents: Spaces of Depoliticisation, Spectres of Radical Politics

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Japhy Wilson
Edinburgh University Press, Jun 23, 2014 - Political Science - 224 pages
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Our age is celebrated as the triumph of liberal democracy. Yet it is also marked by a narrowing of party differences, a decline in voter participation, a rise in nationalist and religious fundamentalisms and an explosion of popular protests that challenge technocratic governance and the power of markets in the name of democracy itself. This book seeks to make sense of this situation by critically engaging with the influential theory of 'the post-political' developed by Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Ranciere, Slavoj ?i?ek and others. Through a multi-dimensional and fiercely contested assessment of contemporary depoliticization, 'The Post-Political and Its Discontents' urges us to confront the closure of our political horizons, and to re-imagine the possibility of emancipatory change.
 

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Contents

PostPolitics and the Return of the Political
1
Part I Spaces of Depoliticisation
23
Privatisation and the Demise of Democratic Governme
25
The Genetically Modified Organism
48
3 The New Development Architecture and tThe PostPolitical in the Global South
67
Multiculturalism and the Matrix of Depoliticisation
86
Enjoyment as a PostPolitical Factor
109
6 Religious Antinomies of PostPolitics
126
Part II Spectres of Radical Politics
167
8 Insurgent Architects Radical Cities and the Promise of the Political
169
Rethinking Radical Social Enterprise
189
The Political Beyond Global Governmentality
208
11 Against a Speculative Leftism
229
Antagonistic Imaginaries of Indignant Squares
244
Occupation and the Return of Communism
261
Copyright

PostDemocracy PostPolitics and the Politics of Unsustainabilit
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Japhy Wilson is Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Manchester. His research explores the intertwining of space, power and ideology in the politics of international development. He has published in academic journals in the the fields of political economy, human geography, and development studies. He is the author of Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case of Dr. Shock and Mr. Aid (Verso, 2014). Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at Manchester University. His research interests include critical theory, political-ecology, urban governance, democracy and political power, and the politics of globalisation. His was previously professor of geography at Oxford University (until 2006) and held the Vincent Wright Visiting Professorship in Political Science at Science Po, Paris, 2014. He is author of a forthcoming book on Water, Social Power and Modernity in Spain, 1898--2010 (MIT Press 2014).

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