Empowerment : The Theory and Practice of Political Genealogy

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In this book, Michael Clifford lays the groundwork for the formalization of political genealogy as a recognized methodology of theoretical inquiry. Appealing to scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities, this book looks to our future by focusing on the history of our present and on what being a political subject will be like in a post-representational world.show more

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  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150758
  • 9780739150757

About Michael Clifford

Michael Clifford is professor of philosophy in the Institute for the Humanities and the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Mississippi State University. He is the author of Political Genealogy After Foucault: Savage Identities.show more

Review quote

This book produces an effective and persuasive account of political genealogy as practiced by a small group of contemporary political theorists following the work of Nietzsche and Foucault. Clifford demonstrates that this group has in fact practiced the kind of counter-memory Foucault envisaged and made a significant contribution to questioning several erroneous assumptions that undergird basic categories or concepts of contemporary political theory. Empowerment produces original analyses, inventive insights, and makes a valuable contribution to understanding practicing political genealogy as a way of doing political theory. -- Engin Isin, Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Political Genealogy: Towards a Critical Methodology The Three Axes of Political Genealogy Truth, Power, Self: A Genealogical Consolidation Chapter 3: Rethinking the Central Concepts of Political Theory Sovereignty: The Ghosts of Power (Un)Natural Sovereignty Chapter 4: Citizenry in Peril: The Futility of Trust in the Modern State In Sod We Trust The Whiggish Marriage of Freedom and Commerce Malcolm X and the Politics of Declaration Declaring the Contract Void: Democratic Impotency and Post-Representational Politics Chapter 5: Political Genealogy in Praxis The Dark Continent: On Genealogy and Geography The Self as a Practice Being There: On Violence, Empathy, and Identity Chapter 6: Empowerment: Theoretical and Political Possibilities The Libertarian Fallacy From Scroll to Screen: On the Sur(faces ) of Political Identity Beyond Diversity: Managing the Identity Crises of the 21st C Conclusionshow more