Unbounded Publics

Unbounded Publics : Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory

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Unbounded Publics presents a theory of transgressive public spheres that aims to expand dangerously narrow political discourses. In this volume, social and political theorists, political scientists, philosophers, and activists alike will find important contributions to ongoing debates concerning social movements, identity politics, the works of JYrgen Habermas, globalization, socialist philosophy, the media, and the Mexican Zapatistas.
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  • Hardback | 380 pages
  • 163 x 242 x 33mm | 694g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739124781
  • 9780739124789

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Table of Contents Chapter 3 General Introduction Part 4 I Public Spheres and the National Framework Chapter 5 Introduction to Part I Chapter 6 1 Basic Concepts and Terms: Political Public Spheres and Communicative Power Chapter 7 2 A Prefigured National Framework: Legitimation and the Public Sphere Chapter 8 3 Habermas's Classical Theory in Light of Nonbourgeois Pubilc Spheres Part 9 II Public Sphere and the Transnational Framework Chapter 10 Introduction to Part II Chapter 11 4 "Globalization": A New Topography for the Public Sphere? Chapter 12 5 Transnational Cosmopolitan Public Spheres a Turn Against the National Framework Chapter 13 6 Beyond the National/Transnational Dichotomy: Moving Toward a Theory of Transgressive Public Spheres Part 14 III Transgressive Public Spheres Chapter 15 Introduction to Part III Chapter 16 7 A Different Kind of Public Sphere: The Zapatistas' Transgressive Public Sphere Chapter 17 8 Indigenous Identity and the Recasting of Subject Positions Chapter 18 9 The Case for Transgressive Public Spheres Chapter 19 Conclusion Chapter 20 Bibliography
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This important and timely study rethinks public sphere theory in the 20th century. Gilman-Opalsky provides a thoughtful examination of Habermas, Arendt, and Mills. Furthermore, the author astutely problematizes the prefigured national framework and brings back into focus the unique agency of nonbourgeois public spheres. Highly recommended. -- H. G. Reid CHOICE, July 2009 This is an excellent piece of research, and, to my mind, an interesting, normative political proposal as well. Gilman-Opalsky has a solid understanding of his sources, is fair in his criticisms, and has an original approach in trying to go beyond them. He brings together contemporary political concerns and theory in quite a convincing way. I am personally quite persuaded by his attempt to overcome the sway of more abstract varieties of currently fashionable cosmopolitanism, the negative results of which have for example contributed to the present near catastrophic situation of the world (via liberal imperialism). -- Andrew Arato, The New School for Social Research
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About Richard Gilman-Opalsky

Richard Gilman-Opalsky is assistant professor of political philosophy at the University of Illinois.
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