The Misguided Search for the Political

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There has been a lively debate amongst political theorists aboutwhether certain liberal concepts of democracy are so idealized thatthey lack relevance to real politics. Echoing thesedebates, Lois McNa...
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There has been a lively debate amongst political theorists aboutwhether certain liberal concepts of democracy are so idealized thatthey lack relevance to real politics. Echoing thesedebates, Lois McNay examines in this book some theories of radicaldemocracy and argues that they too tend to rely on troublingabstractions - or what she terms socially weightless thinking. They often propose ideas of the political that are so farremoved from the logic of everyday practice that, ultimately, theirsupposed emancipatory potential is thrown into question. Radical democrats frequently maintain that what distinguishes theirideas of the political from others is the fundamental concern withunmasking and challenging unrecognized forms of inequality anddomination that distort everyday life. But this supposedattentiveness to power is undermined by the invocation of rarefiedmodels of political action that treat agency as an unproblematicgiven and overlook certain features of the embodied experience ofoppression.
Uitgever John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Druk 1
ISBN/EAN 9780745662633
Auteur McNay, Lois
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