The Intellectual's Situation

in Navigators of the Contemporary

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226887517
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226887531 | DOI:
The Intellectual's Situation

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Understanding globalization as a new form of political life means expecting it to have its own grammar, different from that of the state, the form of political life that has been somewhat supplanted. And since the public grammar of the state, at least in the most powerful and modern places, has been unabashedly rationalistic, even Enlightened, the new politics must have a different relationship to rationality. Therefore, the status of intellectuals—those who understand the social “critically,” that is, in terms of their rationalizations, and who frequently believe themselves to be doing politics thereby—is different in the new politics.

Keywords: globalization; political life; intellectuals; new politics

Chapter.  614 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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