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Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Bonnie Honig

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823276400
eISBN:
9780823277063
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

In the contemporary world of neoliberalism, efficiency is treated as the vehicle of political and economic health. State bureaucracy, but not corporate bureaucracy, is seen as inefficient, and ... More


Democracy’s Necessary Conditions

Bonnie Honig

in Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823276400
eISBN:
9780823277063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

This chapter discusses the role of public things in democratic theory and in democratic life. It examines the power of public things to stimulate the object relations of democratic collectivity by ... More


Contesting Bottled Water: Markets and Material Publics

Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter, and Kane Race

in Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029414
eISBN:
9780262329521
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029414.003.0007
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter explores the rise of bottled water as a contested commodity, something that has been described as ‘the new smoking’. Its aim is to empirically document how various political situations ... More


Care and Concern: Arendt with Winnicott

Bonnie Honig

in Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823276400
eISBN:
9780823277063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

This chapter examines “things” in Hannah Arendt's work in relation to D. W. Winnicott's object relations. Hoping to generate a lexicon for a political theory of public things, it analyzes Arendt's ... More


Introduction: Thinging Out Loud

Bonnie Honig

in Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823276400
eISBN:
9780823277063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

This book examines democratic theory in the context of object relations and asks whether democracy might be constitutively dependent on public things. Drawing on D. W. Winnicott's object-relations ... More


Public Things, Shared Space, and the Commons

Bonnie Honig

in Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823276400
eISBN:
9780823277063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

This epilogue compares the public things model with that of two others, the commons (or undercommons) and shared space. It argues that while all three models respond to the democratic need, public ... More


Hope and Play: Jonathan Lear’s <i>Radical Hope and</i> Lars von Trier’s <i>Melancholia</i>

Bonnie Honig

in Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823276400
eISBN:
9780823277063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

This chapter examines hope and play in relation to the necessary conditions of democratic life by offering a reading of Jonathan Lear's book Radical Hope and Lars von Trier's film Melancholia. Both ... More


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