Hegemony & Socialist Strategy

Hegemony Socialist Strategy Since its original publication fifteen years ago this hugely influential book has been at the centre of much debate The arguments and controversies it has aroused are further far from abating the d

  • Title: Hegemony & Socialist Strategy
  • Author: Schocken Books Inc Chantal Mouffe
  • ISBN: 9780805272253
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since its original publication fifteen years ago, this hugely influential book has been at the centre of much debate The arguments and controversies it has aroused are, further, far from abating the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, the emergence of new social and political identities linked to the transformation of late capitalism, and the crisis of a left wing proSince its original publication fifteen years ago, this hugely influential book has been at the centre of much debate The arguments and controversies it has aroused are, further, far from abating the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, the emergence of new social and political identities linked to the transformation of late capitalism, and the crisis of a left wing project whose essentialist underpinnings have increasingly come under fire have, if anything, made relevant than ever the theoretical perspective that the book proposes Moreover the political project of radical and plural democracy that it advocates provides a much needed antidote to the attempts to formulate a Third Way capable of overcoming the classical opposition between Left and Right.Updated with a new preface, this is a fundamental text for understanding the workings of hegemony and grasping the nature of contemporary social struggles and their significance for democratic theory.

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    1. I have to start by saying that I haven't felt so much antipathy towards a book in a long time. But I want to present a thoughtful account of why I personally think it weak, especially sense, in the quarter century since its initial publication, it has been much discussed and celebrated. My evaluation of the book will also be, I hope, an evaluation of the book's historic moment. For I don't think Hegemony and Socialist Strategy could have earned the accolades, or even the notice, that it has rece [...]

    2. Whereas someone like Althusser is mainly interesting as an episode of Marxist intellectual history, Laclau and Mouffe remain extremely relevant to social struggles today. This book was published in the mid-eighties, when neoliberalism was still relatively new. The authors seek to outline an antidote, or counter hegemonic project which here goes by the name of radical democracy. For all their rebarbative philosophical jargon, these pages often have the feel of a manifesto. This is particularly so [...]

    3. به روز رسانی: "شاید از این به بعد سری به ترجمه های جدید از مهمترین آثار فکری غرب بزنم، صرفا برای بررسی کیفیت ترجمه و احیانا تلنگری به نسل در حال ظهور دلالان فرهنگی"متاسفانه ترجمه آنقدر ضعیف بود که اجازه مطالعه را بعد از چند صفحه نداد که برای اثری با این اهمیت بنیادین و به نوعی کل [...]

    4. Ms Thatcher was a post-structuralist, or the birth of non-politics[Through my ratings, reviews and edits I'm providing intellectual property and labor to Inc listed on Nasdaq, which fully owns and in 2013 posted revenues for $74 billion and $274 million profits. Intellectual property and labor require compensation. Inc. is also requested to provide assurance that its employees and contractors' work conditions meet the highest health and safety standards at all the company's sites].I suggest r [...]

    5. Laclau and Mouffe have developed a theory of hegemony, after Antonio Gramsci, that is more fluid and less determined by the ascendancy of one social or economic class; it is, in short, a postmodern reflection on Gramsci. They begin by positing that there are countless groups within a society, each with a series of perspectives and views. Because of this plurality of groups, it is not possible to know which groups will coalesce into a bloc and be able, through their agreed upon ideas also coming [...]

    6. Laclau and Mouffe do a contemporary reading of Gramscian style critical theory. Bringing Marxism into the current, "Post-Marxist" phase as many of the theoretical modes of analysis popularized during the 60's and 70's were simply unable to stop the spread of the Conservative hegemony that dominated the 1980's. Unfortunately, like other fads popularized during the 1980's (Flock of Seagulls haircuts, Bon Jovi, and Stone Washed Jeans) this grandiose style of writing has fallen out of favor. Almost [...]

    7. I really wanted to like this I don't want to define myself, but post-Marxist is a pretty accurate descriptor, and this is the movement's premier manifesto. It seems that when Laclau and Mouffe try to forge a post-Marxist path, one that strays from the dogmas and orthodoxies of Marxism-Leninism, they feel the need to maintain a structural and aesthetic kinship with the Marxist writers they're critiquing. Which is annoying, especially when you consider that the sort of inclusive, multifaceted Marx [...]

    8. Two mad scientists - one Argentinian, one Belgian, neither situated in orthodox communist movements - pour the corrosive substrate of Derrida and Wittgenstein II onto the theory and history of Marxism. Hegemony is hugely engaging in the parts where it doesn't get bogged down in its own theoretical complexity (a problem mostly confined to chapters 2-3) and leaves even those fundamentally skeptical of the fine points of Laclau & Mouffe's 'radical democracy'-project with questions on the social [...]

    9. I was assigned this in college as part of a sociology class. To quote another sociology professor: "The first sentence is unintelligible, and it's all downhill from there."

    10. The political analysis and methodologies that Laclau and Mouffe present here are very precise and on point. Comparing to the strategies of Hardt and Negri, the book also talks about socialist strategies in relation to the emancipatory movements of feminism and minority subjects, in the wake of neoliberalism. The book is based on Gramsci's work on hegemony and the concept of 'eastern bloc'. It takes the task of complicating the essentialist socialist categories such as 'people', 'working-class':" [...]

    11. This was ridiculously difficult to read, and essentially presumes you have already read (and fully understood) all of your radical philosophers from Adorno to Althusser and on through the entire alphabet. So I am still thinking it through, and I am still not entirely sure that this is the most useful way to think about hegemony. Probably because I haven't yet quite grasped what the hell they are talking about. Having just read Gramsci seemed to make it even harder to see how their discourse conn [...]

    12. Another call for the left to get itself some more imagination. Perhaps L & M make too great a concession to the postmodern, post-Marxist moment in which they were writing, insisting that one could start with any discourse and end with their deconstructionist and Lacanian inflected conclusions. I like the call for a politics of endless antagonism, endless debate. Habermasian without the goal of resolution. Also certainly without the myth of transparent language and communication: "Literality [...]

    13. A difficult book to get through, especially if you're not fluent in the jargon of late 20th-century "continental" philosophy. Still, I thought that it was quite interesting, though there's no way I could appraise this book on any scholarly or critical level. I'm just not qualified.

    14. The main challenge with this book is wading through the opaque philosophical style in which it is written. Laclau & Mouffe do however make some interesting points.At it's core the book seems to be a rejection of a mechanical and deterministic versions of Marxism. The emphasis is on the development of the concept of 'hegemony', and the first part of the book traces its use through thinkers from Luxemburg to Lenin to Gramsci. Laclau and Mouffe seek to develop the concept further into something [...]

    15. Although heady, there is a reason why this book approaches (post)Marxist theory the way in which it does.The basic push this book makes in tracing the history of Marxism is to recognize that formal equivalence creates a meta-formality of position that is not equitable with the content occupied by those positions. When we measure class struggle or lay upon a social field certain lines of oppression, the different intersections of these lines create nodes that are formally equal but actually diffe [...]

    16. Ernesto Laclau gave me some very good advice on my MA thesis many years ago, but I have never fully engaged with Laclau and Mouffe's work because I never really got into continental philosophy generally.I decided to give this book a go now because of Laclau's influence on Podemos. The argument was a lot easier to follow than I had feared, apart from the odd dense paragraph about Lacanian sutures. I'm not sure they fully avoid the charge of idealism, hackneyed though that charge might be.I do thi [...]

    17. Akt intelektuálneho "terorizmu" dosť svojbytným spôsobom zasahujúci a reštrukturujúci množstvo otázok a problémov vyplývajúcich z rôznych "ozvien" marxizmu v rôznych variáciách socialistického politického myslenia. Celkovo je prístup Laclaua a Mouffe zaujímavým koktejlom Gramsciho, Leforta a v istom zmysle veľmi "saussurovského" čítania Derridu (dovolil by som si tvrdiť, že v istom zmysle by bolo viac na mieste popísať prístup Laclaua a Mouffe ako komplexne-štruktu [...]

    18. After traversing the thicket that takes up the third, longest chapter, I found this to be a surprisingly engrossing and energizing read. Laclau and Mouffe's argument that a socialist politics needs to commit itself to a radical practice of democracy, not simply as a slogan but as a means to bring about the end of capitalist social relations, is profoundly productive for thinking about how the left can get out of the rut of neoliberalism and neoconservatism. Your mileage may vary if you're turned [...]

    19. This book took me a long time to read, but it was worth it in terms of how it familiarized me with the history of the push-and-pull of Marxist thought, and also the way Lacan ideas produce some interesting political ramifications. This is actually the book that led me to giving Lacan a try after thinking it was a bit too abstruse even for an unreconstructed theory nerd like myself. Uses Laclau/Mouffe's Gramsci to take apart the categories and assumptions of classical Marxist theory, leaving us w [...]

    20. pomo gramsci. probably a useful project would be to run this text through the meatgrinders presented by Harvey (The Condition of Postmodernity) and Jameson (Postmodernism or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism), to determine how the water-down version of a perfectly good gramscian concept was produced by the processes of alleged postmodernism. this is not to accuse L&M of left deviationism or opportunism or anything of the sort (which accusation would of course broadly confirm their critiq [...]

    21. This is probably one of the books that had the most influence on my thinking. It allowed me to start thinking about politics in a different way, and gave arguments to some intuitions one has about the inadequacies of traditional marxism in explaining the political as such.Once you break with the notion of historical subject, you realize that hegemony is much more than just about class struggle. After that, there's no turning back.Must-read!

    22. This book is so incredibly hard to read. A student and I are currently working through it. For those who are interested in Gramsci and his contribution to our current notions of hegemony, this is a very, very important read. This book is best read in tandem with Gramsci's *Prison Notes,* and Stephen Jones' *Gramsci*.

    23. According to The Guardian's article on the Podemos revolution this book is an important influence on them.

    24. It took me a long time to get through this book. I know it was written in the 1980's, but still, the authors could have used a good dose of the plain language movement.

    25. Fascinating theories that can really change your perspective on Marxism in a way that still makes sense today.

    26. Although a very good book but at the same time a hard one to read. You might have to read certain passages more than once.

    27. Worth reading as an artifact of European thought post 1968. Not much else. Had to do so for a social theory course.

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