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Radical politics today

Saul Newman

in Unstable Universalities

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071287
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701522 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719071287.003.0007
Radical politics today

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This chapter examines the conditions for radical politics today against the background of a rapacious globalising capitalism and an increasingly aggressive and authoritarian state sovereignty. Taking postmodernity as its theoretical background, and globalisation as its political background, it explores the ‘anti-globalisation’ movement. It argues that the movement highlights new forms of political practice and articulation, as well as a new relationship to political identity. Moreover, in taking global anti-capitalism as its political and ethical horizon, it shows how this movement can be seen as an expression of a new form of political universality, one that can be understood through a poststructuralist ‘paradigm’. The chapter contends that poststructuralism, rather than Marxism and liberal pluralism, would be the most appropriate ‘prism’ through which to view the movement. The chapter also explores the link between the new radical politics and anarchism.

Keywords: radical politics; capitalism; postmodernity; globalisation; state sovereignty; anti-globalisation movement; anti-capitalism; political universality; anarchism; poststructuralism

Chapter.  18129 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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