Capitalism and Citizenship: The Impossible Partnership / Edition 1

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Capitalism and Citizenship argues we have become materially rich, we have become socially poor, and this social poverty has undermined our willingness and ability to become politically engaged. By studying the work of political and social theorists, mainly Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Hannah Arendt, but including also Norbert Elias, Jurgen Habermas and Manuel Castells, the author provides a historical analysis of the different manifestations of capitalism which have brought us to our present situation of social and political poverty.
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Kathryn Dean is a member of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the problem 1
Pt. I Theoretical foundations 9
1 Human nature: indeterminate and indeterminable 11
2 Capitalism: culture of worldlessness 25
Pt. II The bourgeois public sphere
3 The worldly world of the bourgeois subject 47
4 Parenting and the constitution of bourgeois sensus communis 64
Pt. III From place to space: the death of worldliness 81
5 The institution of commodity fetishism 83
6 Abstract labour and the network society 103
7 Abstract consumption and the dissolution of the ego 122
8 Abstract knowledge, or, disorganized capitalism and the vicissitudes of science 142
Conclusion: citizenship and the recovery of worldliness 162
Notes 182
Bibliography 200
Index 222
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