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Political Matter : Technoscience, Democracy, and Public Life - Bruce Braun

Political Matter

Technoscience, Democracy, and Public Life

By: Bruce Braun (Editor), Sarah J. Whatmore (Editor)


Published: 3rd September 2010
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Taking seriously the argument that things have politics, Political Matter seeks to develop a fully "materialist" theory of politics, one that opens new possibilities for imagining the relationship between scientific and political practices. The contributors assert that without such a theory the profusion of complex materials with and through which we live-plastic bags, smart cars, and long-life lightbulbs, for example-too often leaves us oscillating between fearful repudiation and glib celebration.
Exploring the frictions that come from linking the work of scholars in science and technology studies and political theory, these essays spark new ways of understanding the matter of politics.
Contributors: Andrew Barry, U of Oxford; Jane Bennett, Johns Hopkins U; Stephen J. Collier, New School; William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins U; Rosalyn Diprose, U of New South Wales; Lisa Disch, U of Michigan; Gay Hawkins, U of New South Wales; Andrew Lakoff, UC San Diego; Noortje Marres, U of London; Isabelle Stengers, U Libre de Bruxelles; Nigel Thrift, U of Warwick.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Stuff of Politics: An Introductionp. ix
Rematerializing Political Theory: Things Forcing Thought
Including Nonhumans in Political Theory: Opening Pandora's Box?p. 3
Thing-Powerp. 35
Materiality, Experience, and Surveillancep. 63
Technological Politics: Affective Objects and Events
Materialist Politics: Metallurgyp. 89
Plastic Materialitiesp. 119
Halos: Making More Room in the World for New Political Ordersp. 139
Political Technologies: Public (Dis)Orderings
Front-staging Nonhumans: Publicity as a Constraint on the Political Activity of Thingsp. 177
The Political Technology of RU486: Time for the Body and Democracyp. 211
Infrastructure and Event: The Political Technology of Preparednessp. 243
Faitiche-izing the People: What Representative Democracy Might Learn from Science Studiesp. 267
Contributorsp. 297
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780816670895
ISBN-10: 0816670897
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 319
Published: 3rd September 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.72  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.42