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Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière: Equality in Action

Todd May

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639823
eISBN:
9780748671724
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book shows how democratic progressive politics can happen and how it is happening in very different arenas. The author takes an intensive look at a range of contemporary political movements and ... More


The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière: Creating Equality

Todd May

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748635320
eISBN:
9780748671922
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635320.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book is devoted entirely to the thought of Jacques Rancière. It focuses on his central political idea that a democratic politics emerges from the presupposition of equality. The book examines ... More


Equality Among the Refugees: Montréal's Sans-statuts Algerian Movement

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière: Equality in Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639823
eISBN:
9780748671724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses the movement of refugees from the Algerian civil war for citizenship in Montréal, Canada. It reviews the idea of the presupposition of equality as clearly as the US civil ... More


Subjectification in the First Palestinian Intifada

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière: Equality in Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639823
eISBN:
9780748671724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter addresses the question of subjectification, which is a central aspect of a democratic politics. The particular subjectification considered in this chapter is that of the Palestinian ... More


The Zapatistas: From Identity to Equality

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière: Equality in Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639823
eISBN:
9780748671724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses the Zapastista movement in southern Mexico. It considers Zapatismo as an advance over the identity politics that characterized much of the left in the US and elsewhere during ... More


Institutions of Equality

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière: Equality in Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639823
eISBN:
9780748671724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter reports the argument by Jacques Rancière that one of the necessities of democracy is that it cannot be institutionalized. Rancière's thought appears to deny in principle that one can ... More


Democratic Politics Now

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière: Equality in Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639823
eISBN:
9780748671724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter explains the current status of democratic politics. Liberals reject utopia, seeing in it a dangerous illusion. Leftists embrace utopia, seeing in it a sign of hope. The distinction ... More


Passive Equality

Todd May

in The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière: Creating Equality

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748635320
eISBN:
9780748671922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635320.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter demonstrates that mainstream political philosophy is a philosophy of political passivity. It specifically argues that it is a philosophy of passive equality. It provides a preliminary ... More


Active Equality: Democratic Politics

Todd May

in The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière: Creating Equality

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748635320
eISBN:
9780748671922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635320.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses the work of the French historian and thinker Jacques Rancière in order to build a framework for political thought that relies on active equality rather than passive equality. ... More


The Historical Roots of Democratic Politics: Anarchism

Todd May

in The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière: Creating Equality

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748635320
eISBN:
9780748671922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635320.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter demonstrates how anarchism anticipates the thought of active equality and how the concept of equality as it is elaborated clarifies difficulties in anarchist thought. It also argues that ... More


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