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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Populism Ambiguities and Paradoxes. On Populist Reason Phronesis Series. I do not mean something that is essentially restricted to the areas of speech and writing, but any complex of elements in which relations play the constitutive role” p. The distinctiveness of populism is that it gathers together disparate ideological positions or political demands, and stresses their equivalence in terms of a shared antagonism to a given instance of political power or authority.
But he also reveals the limits of that politics, not least the way in which it defuses and undoes political difference.
On Populist Reason
The theory they explicate is more thoroughly advanced in Laclau’s own work. In the process, Laclau’s theory loses its capacity to say much that is meaningful about either power or politics. Obstacles and Limits to the Construction of the People.
Indeed, he manifests the same confusion as to what the people are opposing is it the state, the oligarchy, the bureaucracy, or power tout oppulist Explore the Home Gift Guide. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It may be the case that all theories configure their 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.
In each case, lzclau, such theorists are evaluated mainly for the extent to which their work resonates or diverges with Laclau’s own framework.
Laclau and Populism
But this is no reason to dismiss the category as hopelessly vague or imprecise. As such, my real issue was that this sentence received no further clarification – the following ednesto is something like “If we adopt the latter of these two positions He demonstrates, through exemplification, the workings of populism and, by extension, hegemonic politics.
His topic here is the construction of popular identities, conceived in a wide sense Laclau’s ernestk theory of populism is interesting and engaging. Here, individual demands are disaggregated and so differentiated and addressed separately by a bureaucracy that therefore integrates distinct elements of the people within the system.
The second part forms the main theoretical core of oh work, where the question of the emergence of the ‘people’ as a political and social force is treated.
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The vagueness, slipperiness, and superficiality characteristic of the discourse of leaders such as Blair and Bush have long been dismissed as anti-political, populist gestures.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Stay in Touch Sign up. How after all do such signs differ from the signs deployed by and in political discourse itself? In as much as inLaclau rejects analyses of populism that focus on its ideological content. Sep 17, Pages Buy.
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. On Populist Reason is essential reading for all those interested in the question of political identities in the present day. He demonstrates, through exemplification, the workings of populism and, by extension, hegemonic politics.
In particular, the relation of populism to democracy and to the logic of representation is given special emphasis.
Buy the selected items together This item: 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.
Thus although he refers to the “entirely opposite political signs” of distinct populist movements Populism and the Mirror of Democracyp. Unfortunately, however, Barros sees neoliberalism as simply a set of discursive strategies and so another conjunction of equivalences united under the empty signifiers of “market” and “efficiency” rather than as also a repertoire of institutional tactics and so a series of arrangements to administer differentiated demands, above all through the para-state apparatus of non-governmental organizations.
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For Pophlist, of course, hegemony and state domination are overlapping and mutually supportive. If they are some type of meta-signs transcending the political itself, then they are illegitimate impositions supplementing the theory, a matter perhaps of common sense: Yet there are significant historical issues to which Laclau seems unable to provide an answer–or any single answer, at least.
Sep 17, Pages. But politics and administration are merely poles or tendencies. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. I think his points about Zizek’s eclecticism and reluctance to advance popjlist actual program of resistance are solid hits, although Laclau occasionally distorts or misreads Zizek’s claims.
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no Set up a giveaway. For Ernesto Laclau, by contrast, it is better described as “the arrival at a fully political era” On Populist Reasonp. Populism and the Mirror of Democracy For those looking to save some time, chapters 4, 5, and the afterword are by far the most important.