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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But that begs the question, precisely, of those more difficult populist movements such as Peronism. All particularities are radically diminished as Laclau might claim they would be such that any analytical distinctions are almost unsustainable.
Laclau’s argument is basically a rejection of any sort of “determination in the last instance” by anything, which makes his and Zizek’s approaches fundamentally incompatible. By this, I mean that Laclau argues that there is no “fundamental” motor of history OR political struggle – he rejects things like “class struggle” or “working class” as being irreducible elements of politics, emphasizing instead that nearly any political issue can become an “empty signifier” a hegemonic signifier that represents a whole series of different political ambitions.
The People and the Discursive Production of Emptiness. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Contents Populism Ambiguities and Paradoxes. Laclau’s theory of populism never escapes from the logic it sets out to analyze.
On Populist Reason
As such we need now theories of posthegemony rather than attempts to shore up an illusory hegemony. On Populist Reason Phronesis Series. Add both to Cart Add both to List. 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, the 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.
Thinking The World Politically. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Democratic Paradox Radical Thinkers. In each case, however, such theorists are evaluated mainly for the extent to which their work resonates or diverges with Laclau’s own framework. In Praise of Disobedience.
Get to Know Us. But he also reveals the limits of that politics, not least the way in which it defuses and undoes political difference. Account Options Sign in. 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 Speaking is an extract from the winning dissertation.
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: I think his points about Zizek’s eclecticism and reluctance to advance an actual program of resistance are solid hits, although Laclau occasionally distorts or misreads Zizek’s claims. Second, Laclau proves unable to distinguish between different political inflections of populism, and so unable to solve the basic problem that populism poses precisely the problem of differentiating left from right.
In one instance, Laclau cites Zizek’s accusation that Laclau doesn’t perceive capitalism as having an internal logic which creates its own contradiction, and instead believes that history consists of contingent historical constellations In this highly original work Ernesto Laclau continues the philosophical and political exploration initiated in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy.
Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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.
Laclau would reject any distinction between discursive strategies and institutional arrangements. It is what tells you whether in this precise moment you should be smashing up banks or standing in elections. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Thus, women’s rights, migrant rights, union workers and environmentalists could all be united without contradiction under the banner of a “Green Party,” for example. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Sep 17, Pages Buy.
Laclau and Populism
It is difficult not to be bowled over by the elegance and seductiveness of his populizt. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Arguably, disagreements over globalization have similar roots. His topic here is the construction of popular identities, conceived in a wide sense covering the ensemble of strategies making possible the emergence of the ‘people’ as a collective actor. Populism and the Mirror of Democracy Share your thoughts with other customers.
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Populism Representation and Democracy. Also by Ernesto Laclau. 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. Hence Laclau can only distinguish between populist movements by abandoning his theory of populism and appealing to an extra-theoretical common sense; from within the theory itself, he is condemned to repeat the populist gesture that blurs all such political distinctions.
For Gramsci, of course, hegemony and state domination are overlapping and mutually supportive. In part this confusion reflects an increasingly evident tension between the politics of specificity multiculturalism and identity claims on the one hand, and a liberal, secular politics of universalism on the other.
In the process, Laclau’s theory loses its capacity to say much that is meaningful about either power or politics. In other words, populism should be defined by its form rather than its content: 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. Showing of 1 reviews.