Reading Ranciere

Reading Ranciere

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Over the past 40 years, Jacques Ranciere's work has defined itself through a remarkable set of philosophical differences in relation to other key figures working in the fields of politics, philosophy and aesthetics. There have been significant philosophical, theoretical and aesthetic disagreements with influential figures in contemporary thought, including Althusser, Bourdieu, Derrida, Agamben, Deleuze, Foucault, Habermas and Badiou. Through these differences Ranciere has emerged as one of the world's leading contemporary theorists. Whilst Ranciere has long been a well-known force in francophone contexts, the translation of his works into English has generated a lot of excitement and catapulted him to the forefront of attention in several putatively distinct but interconnected fields: philosophy, politics, critical theory, aesthetics and film. Reading Ranciere intervenes in this ongoing discourse by assembling an eminent collection of critical assessments of the significance of Ranciere's diverse impact and growing influence. This book offers a sustained, critically balanced response to the work of this major contemporary theorist, as well as a new interview and a key text published here for the first time.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 18mm | 421.84g
  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1441137815
  • 9781441137814
  • 523,463

About Paul Bowman

Richard Stamp is Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Film & Screen Studies at Bath Spa University, UK. Paul Bowman teaches Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK. He is author of Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies (Edinburgh UP, 2007), Deconstructing Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2008) and Theorizing Bruce Lee (Rodopi, 2009).

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Review quote

"The contributors to this book follow Ranciere's example in being non-reductive, critical and interventionist, including those who disagree with aspects of his work. The book is a significant examination of the dissensus that organises the Rancierian situation and demonstrates the urgent need to sustain it. Anyone interested in the productivity of Ranciere's thought will be rewarded by the contributions to this intelligent and imaginative collection." - Jeremy Valentine, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK

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Table of contents

Editors' Introduction Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp; 1. Fidelity to the Disagreement: Jacques Ranciere and Politics Benjamin Arditi; 2. Democracy and the 'Police' Sam Chambers; 3. The Freedom of Capture: Artwork - Trap - Equality Rey Chow and Julian Rohrhuber; 4. Politics Without Politics Jodi Dean; 5. Jacques Ranciere and the Orchestration of the Passions Ben Highmore; 6. Equal Sovereignty: Contemporary Art in the Regime of Democracy Suhail Malik and Andrea Phillips; 7. Between Autonomy and Heteronomy: Ranciere's Political Aesthetics as an Aesthetics of the Non-Political Oliver Marchart; 8. Police Reinforcement: Property, Conflict and the Political Complicity of Dissent Linsey McGoey; 9. Liberation Philosophy: Ranciere and Derrida Martin McQuillan; 10. Documenting the Real: Ranciere, Godard, Marker Nina Power; 11. Film, Fall, Fable: Ranciere, Rossellini, Flaubert, Haneke Mark Robson; 12. On the Shores of History Alex Thomson; 13. The Knowledge of Equality: A Plea for a Proletarian Science Alberto Toscano; Afterword Jacques Ranciere; Bibliography; Index.

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