The Art of Being Free: Taking Liberties with Tocqueville, Marx, and Arendt

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Reinhardt treats the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, and Hannah Arendt as exemplary sources for an expansion of political possibility. These writers indicate where and how the new spaces can be brought into being, and they reveal acts of making space as some of the prime moments of politics. Reinhardt's extended readings of these writers, who have never previously been treated together, are quite unlike the familiar understandings of their thought. "Taking liberties," he brings the literary and ...
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Overview

Reinhardt treats the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, and Hannah Arendt as exemplary sources for an expansion of political possibility. These writers indicate where and how the new spaces can be brought into being, and they reveal acts of making space as some of the prime moments of politics. Reinhardt's extended readings of these writers, who have never previously been treated together, are quite unlike the familiar understandings of their thought. "Taking liberties," he brings the literary and political sensibility usually associated with postmodernism to a sympathetic if critical encounter with eminently modern thinkers. The result is a strong and idiosyncratic book, accessible and stylish, which mixes acute readings of canonical thinkers with more practical applications and illustrations. Reinhardt combines attention to textual detail and nuance with concern for contemporary politics, discussing in an unusually inventive example the AIDS activist group ACT UP.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801484247
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: 6/30/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Art of Being Free
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Making Space for Politics 1
2 Disturbing Democracy: Reading (in) the Gaps between Tocqueville's America and Ours 20
3 (Con)Founding Democracy: Containment, Evasion, Appropriation 59
4 Reading Freedom, Writing Marx: From the Politics of Production to the Production of Politics 90
5 Acting (Up) in Publics: Mobile Spaces, Plural Worlds 142
Notes 179
Index 229
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