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The Making of Political Identities : Phronesis - Ernesto Laclau

The Making of Political Identities


By: Ernesto Laclau (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th May 1994
ISBN: 9780860916635
Number Of Pages: 308
For Ages: 18 years old

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This lively book examines the major issues raised by the emergence and transformation of various political identities in the contemporary world. The contributors bring together many current trends of thought—Lacanian psychoanalysis, deconstruction, neo-Hegelianism and political philosophy—that are relevant to the question of identity, as well as concrete studies of some of the more important political identities which have emerged in recent decades. A central theme of the book is the logic implicit in the Freudian category of identification and its consequences for understanding politics.

The first half of the book explores the theoretical dimensions of the issue of identity formation. The second half brings these more abstract considerations to bear on a number of case studies—the structure of apartheid in South Africa, the rise of Islam, the Palestinian diaspora, the explosion of national identities in former Yugoslavia, the Greens in Germany, and the spread of Rastafarianism in Britain.

Introductionp. 1
Minding the Gap: The Subject of Politicsp. 11
Identity and Its Vicissitudes: Hegel's 'Logic of Essence' as a Theory of Ideologyp. 40
Yes Absolutely: Unlike Any Writing Penp. 76
Equality at the Limit of Libertyp. 103
Social Ambiguity and the Crisis of Apartheidp. 115
'A Country of Words': Conceiving the Palestinian Nation from the Position of Exilep. 138
Rastafari as Resistance and the Ambiguities of Essentialism in the 'New Social Movements'p. 171
The Crisis of Identity and the Struggle for New Hegemony in the Former Yugoslaviap. 205
The Green Thresholdp. 233
Sign O' Times: Kaffirs and Infidels Fighting the Ninth Crusadep. 264
Notes on Contributorsp. 287
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780860916635
ISBN-10: 0860916634
Series: Phronesis
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 17th May 1994
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1