Laclau’s The Rhetorical Foundations of Society – forthcoming in May from Verso. Sad this is, now, a posthumous collection…
Coauthor of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy shows how rhetoric constitutes the social order
The essays collected in this volume develop the theoretical perspective initiated in Laclau and Mouffe’s classic Hegemony and Socialist Strategy,
taking it in three principal directions. First, this book explores the specificity of social antagonisms and answers the question “What is an antagonistic relation?”—an issue which has become increasingly crucial in our globalized world, where the proliferation of conflicts and points of rupture is eroding their links to the social subjects postulated by classical social analysis. This leads Laclau to a second line of questioning: What is the ontological terrain that allows us to understand the nature of social relations in our heterogeneous world?” This is a task he addresses with theoretical instruments drawn from analytical philosophy and from the phenomenological and structuralist traditions. Finally, central to the argument of the book is the basic role attributed to rhetorical tropes—metaphor, metonymy, catachresis—in shaping the “non-foundational” grounds of society.
Interesting read from Verso - Stefano Liberti, Land-Grabbing: Journeys in the New Colonialism. I ordered this as paper copy, and a bunch more in the Verso sale, but because of the bundled e-books was able to read this while on the road. A very readable account – more extended journalism than an academic book – on a pressing political-geographical concern.
At the EUP site, Adrian Johnston is interviewed by Graham Harman, mainly about his latest book Adventures in Transcendental Materialism (via Graham’s blog). When you’re done with that, you can also check out Peter Gratton’s interview with Adrian at the Society and Space open site.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on an interview with Gastón Gordillo, Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and the author of several books including Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and Memory in the Argentinean Chaco and the forthcoming Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction. He also runs the wide-ranging blog Space and Politics. The interview discusses his fieldwork, theoretical interests, the above books, the different nature of writing for a blog, and his current project on the concept of terrain.
Read the interview at the Society and Space open site. Lots more interviews, including Shiloh Krupar, Lauren Berlant, Adrian Johnston, Jenny Edkins, Adrian Ivakhiv, Dean Spade… here.