Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics

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Verso, 2001 - Philosophy - 198 pages
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Since its original publication fifteen years ago, this hugely influential book has been at the centre of much debate. The arguments and controversies it has aroused are, furthermore, far from abating: the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, the emergence of new social and political identities linked to the transformation of late capitalism, and the crisis of a left-wing project whose essentialist underpinnings have increasingly come under fire have, if anything, made more relevant than ever the theoretical perspective that the book proposes. Moreover the political project of 'radical and plural democracy' that it advocates provides a much-needed antidote to the attempts to formulate a Third Way capable of overcoming the classical opposition between Left and Right.

Updated with a new preface, this is a fundamental text for understanding the workings of hegemony and grasping the nature of contemporary social struggles and their significance for democratic theory.

 

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역자서문이 안내하는 대로 부록에 실린 루페의 글부터 읽고 있는데, 용어를 소화하느라 몇 장 나가지도 못 했지만, 맑스가 '세상은 경제라는 하부구조 하나에서 다 나오는 거'라고 했던 것에 대해 '경제가 전부가 아니고 인간에게는 다른 독립적인 속성들이 많다'고 바탕을 깔고 있다. '그것이 종속관계로 형성되는 한' 적대의 소재가 될 수 있다고 하여 애초 '어떤 경계긋기가 좋은가/나쁜가'에 대한 나의 의문에 한 걸음 접근하고 있다. 

Contents

Introduction
1
the Difficult Emergence of a
47
Hegemony and Radical Democracy
149

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Ernesto Laclau is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government, University of Essex, and Distinguished Professor for Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of, amongst other works, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Chantal Mouffe), New Reflections of the Revolution of Our Time, The Populist Reason, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek), and Emancipation(s).

Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her books include The Return of the Political; Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau); The Dimensions of Radical Democracy; Gramsci and Marxist Theory; Deconstruction and Pragmatism; The Democratic Paradox; and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, all from Verso.

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