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Critical Theory at a Crossroads

Conversations on Resistance in Times of Crisis

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We are living in an age of crisis--or an age in which everything is labeled a crisis. Financial, debt, and refugee "crises" have erupted. The word has also been applied to the Arab Spring and its aftermath, Brexit, the 2016 U.S. election, and many other international events. Yet the term has contradictory political and strategic meanings for those challenging power structures and those seeking to preserve them. For critics of the status quo, can the rhetoric of crisis be used to foment urgency around issues like climate change and financialization, or does framing a situation as a "crisis" play into the hands of the existing political order, which then seeks to tighten the leash by creating a state of emergency? Critical Theory at a Crossroads presents conversations with prominent theorists about the crises that have marked the past years, the protest movements that have risen up in response, and the use of the term in political discourse. Tariq Ali, Rosi Braidotti, Wendy Brown, Maurizio Lazzarato, Angela McRobbie, Jean-Luc Nancy, Antonio Negri, Jacques Ranci re, Saskia Sassen, and Joseph Vogl offer their views on contemporary challenges and how we might address them, candidly discussing the alternatives that new social movements have offered, alongside an exchange between Zygmunt Bauman and Roberto Esposito on theories of community. Sparring over crucial developments in these past years of catastrophe and the calamity of everyday life under capitalism, they shed light on how crises and the discourse of crisis can both obscure and reveal fundamental aspects of modern societies.

Author Biography

Stijn De Cauwer is a postdoctoral researcher in cultural studies and literary studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is the author of A Diagnosis of Modern Life: Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian Project (2014).
Release date NZ
July 31st, 2018
Contributors
Contributions by Angela McRobbie Contributions by Antonio Negri Contributions by Jean-Luc Nancy Contributions by Maurizio Lazzarato Contributions by Roberto Esposito Contributions by Rosi Braidotti Contributions by Tariq Ali Contributions by Wendy Brown Contributions by Zygmunt Bauman Edited by Stijn De Cauwer
Pages
256
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Columbia University Press
ISBN-13
9780231186797
Product ID
28056268

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