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Revolt, Revolution, Critique

The Paradox of Society

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Revolt, Revolution, Critique by Bulent Diken
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In contemporary society the idea of 'revolution' seems to have become obsolete. What is more untimely than the idea of revolution today? At the same time, however, the idea of radical change no longer refers to exceptional circumstances but has become normalized as part of daily life. Ours is a 'culture' of permanent revolution in which constant systemic disembedding demands a meta-stable subjectivity in continuous transformation. In this sense, the idea of revolution is painfully timely. This paradoxical coincidence, the simultaneous absence and presence of the desire for radical change in contemporary society, is the point of departure for the symptomatic reading this book offers. The book addresses the social, political and cultural significance of revolt and revolution in three dimensions. First, it analyzes revolt and revolution as 'events' which are of history but not reducible to it. Second, it elaborates on theories that grant revolt and revolution a central place in their structure. Thirdly, it discusses revolutionary or emancipatory theories that seek to participate in radical change. Further, since both revolt and revolution involve the critique of what exists, of actual reality, the implications of the intimate relationship between revolt, revolution and critique are explicated.

Author Biography

Bulent Diken is Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, Department of Sociology. His research fields are social theory, post-structuralism, political philosophy and urbanism. His books include Strangers, Ambivalence and Social Theory (Ashgate 1998). He is author of The Culture of Exception -- Sociology Facing the Camp (Routledge 2005), I Terrorens Skygge (Samfundslitteratur 2005), Sociology through the Projector (Routledge 2007) and Nihilism (Routledge 2009).
Release date NZ
December 5th, 2011
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
204
Dimensions
156x234x12
ISBN-13
9780415495455
Product ID
18510968

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