The Excessive Subject: A New Theory of Social Change

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The author uncovers an innovative theory of social change implicit in the work of social theorists such as Bourdieu, de Certeau, Butler, Laclau, and Slavoj Žižek. Based on an ineradicable excess in the social field, this theory transforms current views of subject formation, democratic interaction, and the ethics of alterity.
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Overview

The author uncovers an innovative theory of social change implicit in the work of social theorists such as Bourdieu, de Certeau, Butler, Laclau, and Slavoj Žižek. Based on an ineradicable excess in the social field, this theory transforms current views of subject formation, democratic interaction, and the ethics of alterity.
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"The dagger that begins it cuts through Rothenberg's book with a fine precision. It dissects in the works of several of the most influential theorists of our day a powerful and new concept of cause which often gets away from the authors who struggle to define it. Rothenberg's astute argument is richly woven, lucid, and highly compelling."
Joan Copjec, author of Imagine There's No Woman

"We still don't know what a subject can do. We still don't know how to think subjective agency together with social causality. Rothenberg's path-breaking and systematic study of 'extimate causality,' combining psychoanalysis and emancipatory social theory, goes a long way towards formulating decisive new answers to these perennial questions."
Peter Hallward, Middlesex University

"Rothenberg's insights into the structure of the subject and its relevance for social and political theory are peerless. For anyone beginning to study the themes and thinkers covered in this book, this is the place to start."
Ed Pluth, California State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745648248
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/8/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Foreword by Slavoj Zizek.

Introduction: The Excess of Everyday Life.

Chapter One: What Does the "Social" in Social Change Mean?

Chapter Two: Extimate Causality and the Social Subject of Excess.

Chapter Three: The Social Structures of Bourdieu and de Certeau.

Chapter Four: Butler's Embodied Agency.

Chapter Five: Laclau's Radical Democracy.

Chapter Six: Zizek's Political Act.

Chapter Seven: Sinthomic Ethics and Revolutionary Groups.

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