In this new and highly original work Ernesto Laclau continues the philosophical and political exploration initiated in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, New. In this highly original work Ernesto Laclau continues the philosophical and political exploration initiated in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. Here he focuses on. A philosophical and political exploration of the construction of popular identities In this highly original and influential work, Ernesto Laclau focuses.

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I think his points about Zizek’s populistt and reluctance to advance an actual program of resistance are solid hits, although Laclau occasionally distorts or misreads Zizek’s claims.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. It is difficult not to be bowled over by the elegance and seductiveness of his writing.

Indeed, as he says in a quotation cited by Yannis Stavrakakis, “the discursive is not, therefore, being conceived as a level nor even as a dimension of the social, but rather as being co-extensive with the social as such” qtd. Indeed, at times it suffers from extraordinary circularity, as the structure of Lac,au own discourse mimics the structure that it claims to discover in the social world that it purports to explain.

Contents Populism Ambiguities and Paradoxes.

In the process, Laclau’s theory loses its capacity to say much that is meaningful about either power or politics. First, its inability to distinguish effectively between populism and administration is merely a symptom of a failure to differentiate between forms of power: It is difficult reasob to be bowled over by the elegance and seductiveness of his writing.

As such, my real issue was that this sentence received no further clarification – the following line is something like “If we adopt the latter of these two positions There is a famous line in Lenin saying that “without revolutionary popklist there can be no revolutionary movement. The book skillfully combines theoretical analysis with a myriad of empirical references from numerous historical and geographical contexts. In the intervening period he has abandoned this appeal to a second, class, articulation, and nothing has taken its place.

This book is essential reading for all those interested in the question of political identities in present-day societies. He demonstrates, through exemplification, the workings of populism and, by extension, hegemonic politics.


Laclau then restates this point in his own wordswhich would be unnecessary, except that in this restating, he changes Zizek’s words slightly, such that he can re-state his own position in contrast to this. Thus, women’s rights, migrant rights, union workers and environmentalists could all be united without contradiction under the banner of a “Green Ernest for example.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Several categories already present in Laclau’s work – such as empty and floating signifiers, hegemony and heterogeneity – are devloped here in new and innovative directions. On Populist Reason is essential reading for all those interested in the question of political identities in the present day.

It may be the case that all theories configure onn objects of study in such a way that they are able to visualize only what the theory is able to explain, but Laclau’s discourse analysis seems quite flagrantly to lack any mechanism by which it could be corrected or even disrupted by sociological or historical analysis. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

One consequence of the so-called war against terror is that the line between “left” and “right” is ever more blurred. For those looking to save some time, chapters 4, 5, and the afterword are by far the most important.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. As such we need now theories of posthegemony rather than attempts to shore up an illusory hegemony.

Thus although he refers to the “entirely opposite political signs” of distinct populist movements Populism and the Mirror of Democracyp. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The second part forms the main theoretical core of the work, where the question of the emergence of the ‘people’ as a political and social force is treated.

This text is less far less explicitly Marxist – or rather, post-Marxist – than something like Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, but he employs the same strategy, blending post-structuralist theory with some Lacanian psychoanalysis to develop a theory of political agency which rejects any form of immanent linkage between social position and political activities. Sep 17, Pages.


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Indeed, he manifests the same confusion as to what the people are opposing is it the state, reasob oligarchy, the bureaucracy, or power tout court? Amazon Second Chance Pass it om, trade it in, give it a second life. Verso- Philosophy – pages. Laclau would reject any distinction between discursive strategies and institutional arrangements.

But he also reveals the limits of ernseto politics, not least the oopulist in which it defuses and undoes political difference. From the basic concepts of difference and equivalence, and the basic distinction between signifier and signified, Laclau constructs a discourse that could be described either as remarkably consistent or, equally, as remarkably hermetic. If, by contrast, these signs are part of the discourse articulated within populist movements, then their meaning is surely dependent on their articulation, and cannot be given in advance by any political calculation: As Laclau points out, this same “operation of taking up, by a particularity, of a universal signification” is what ln has elsewhere, and in his work with Chantal Mouffe, “called hegemony ” p.

But he also reveals the limits of that politics, not least the way in which it defuses and undoes political difference. For instance, the very question as to whether or not populist logic is more widespread now than before.

Moreover, where Laclau’s theory would indicate an inverse relationship between neoliberalism and neopopulism because the closer a movement or regime comes to the pole of administration, popuist further it moves from populismin fact the experience of a region such as Latin America has been the opposite, that the two go quite comfortably hand in hand. As someone with a lingering interest in political science, I found this quite intriguing, although I don’t think there’s enough to justify buying the book solely for its empirical analysis.

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