Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics

Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics

by Wendy Brown
     
 

"Attentive to the paradoxes and fragilities of contemporary democratic life, Wendy Brown's Edgework traverses democratic and feminist theory to deepen our appreciation of love in a time of hostility, equality in a time of difference, and action in a time of felt paralysis. Timely yet not simply 'relevant,' Edgework manifests throughout that quality

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"Attentive to the paradoxes and fragilities of contemporary democratic life, Wendy Brown's Edgework traverses democratic and feminist theory to deepen our appreciation of love in a time of hostility, equality in a time of difference, and action in a time of felt paralysis. Timely yet not simply 'relevant,' Edgework manifests throughout that quality that Hannah Arendt admired and named 'care for the world.'"—Bonnie Honig, Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University; Senior Research Fellow, American Bar Foundation; author of Democracy and the Foreigner

"There is no one who occupies the place Brown occupies, who thinks as she thinks, or who writes with the same startling combination of bravery and moderation. There is no one who has such an acute eye for the structural perversities of American politics. There is no one who can so easily break the surface of political controversies and local scholarly debates, and dive into the profound questions below and behind them."—Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania, author of Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empireand 95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method

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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)

Meet the Author

Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of "Politics Out of History" and "States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity" (both Princeton).

Table of Contents

1Untimeliness and punctuality : critical theory in dark times1
2Political idealization and its discontents17
3Neoliberalism and the end of liberal democracy37
4At the edge : the future of political theory60
5Freedom's silences83
6Feminism unbound : revolution, mourning, politics98
7The impossibility of women's studies116

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