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Dialectics and Contemporary Politics: Critique and Transformation from Hegel through Post-Marxism
     

Dialectics and Contemporary Politics: Critique and Transformation from Hegel through Post-Marxism

by John Grant
 

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Dialectics and Contemporary Politics recasts dialectical thought for a post-Marxist age in which labour movement politics is just one political option among many. The book is organized thematically around concepts such as immanent critique, ideology, experience, and resistance, and according to figures who are vital to the present trajectory of

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Dialectics and Contemporary Politics recasts dialectical thought for a post-Marxist age in which labour movement politics is just one political option among many. The book is organized thematically around concepts such as immanent critique, ideology, experience, and resistance, and according to figures who are vital to the present trajectory of dialectics, including Hegel, Adorno, Foucault, Jameson and Žizek. New analysis of these concepts and theorists is used to show how they transform our understanding of social life as well as offer a way of understanding social transformation.

Interspersed throughout this theoretical work are dialectical examinations of political phenomena from tolerance, democracy, and the rise of Barack Obama, to state-economy relations as well as those of power and resistance. A radical and often revolutionary theory of society is pursued that is no longer confined to the terms of Marxism or any other school of thought. In this regard a novel advance is made by presenting the history of dialectical criticism as an ‘anti-tradition,’ which is defined as a practice that is characterized by a history of discontinuity, discord, and incompatible applications. A theory of dialectics emerges that is flexible, coherent, and which can account for much more than capitalism and class politics.

This work will be of great interest to all scholars of Marxism, critical theory, social and political theory and political philosophy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415781343
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Series:
Routledge Innovations in Political Theory Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Grant is a Lecturer at McMaster College, Ontario, Canada.

This is his first book.

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