Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics

Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics

by Wendy Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691123616

ISBN-13: 9780691123615

Pub. Date: 11/21/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Edgework brings together seven of Wendy Brown's most provocative recent essays in political and cultural theory. They range from explorations of politics post-9/11 to critical reflections on the academic norms governing feminist studies and political theory. Edgework is also concerned with the intellectual and political value of critique itself. It

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Edgework brings together seven of Wendy Brown's most provocative recent essays in political and cultural theory. They range from explorations of politics post-9/11 to critical reflections on the academic norms governing feminist studies and political theory. Edgework is also concerned with the intellectual and political value of critique itself. It renders contemporary the ancient jurisprudential meaning of critique as krisis, in which a tear in the fabric of justice becomes the occasion of a public sifting or thoughtfulness, the development of criteria for judgment, and the inauguration of political renewal or restoration. Each essay probes a contemporary problem--the charge of being unpatriotic for dissenting from U.S. foreign policy, the erosion of liberal democracy by neoliberal political rationality, feminism's loss of a revolutionary horizon--and seeks to grasp the intellectual impasse the problem signals as well as the political incitement it may harbor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691123615
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/21/2005
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter One: Untimeliness and Punctuality: Critical Theory in Dark Times 1
Chapter Two: Political Idealization and Its Discontents 17
Chapter Three: Neoliberalism and the End of Liberal Democracy 37
Chapter Four: At the Edge: The Future of Political Theory 60
Chapter Five: Freedom's Silences 83
Chapter Six: Feminism Unbound: Revolution, Mourning, Politics 98
Chapter Seven: The Impossibility of Women's Studies 116
Notes 137
Index 155

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