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Democracy in Post-Democratic Times

Yannis Stavrakakis

in The Lacanian Left

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619801
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672073 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619801.003.0010
Democracy in Post-Democratic Times

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This concluding chapter puts forward a Lacanian responseto the de-democratising or ‘post-democratic’ trends in late capitalistsocieties. A Lacan-inspired re-activation of the democratic revolution – always alert to the continuous interpenetration of negative and positive, lack and excess – can combine a consistently democratic ethics of the political with a passion for real transformation, able to stimulate the body politic without reoccupying the dangerous utopian fantasies of the old Left. Nevertheless, the prospects of such a project also depend on its ability to couple its institutionalisation of lack with another, non-phallic jouissance, capable of gradually displacing or limiting dominant administrations of enjoyment (such as the ones discussed in previous chapters) and of opening up the space for the pursuit of a better future beyond utopian fantasies of wholeness and completeness.

Keywords: Democracy; Post-democracy; Female jouissance; Mourning; Lack

Chapter.  12976 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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