Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics – first book from Counterpress

Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics, edited by Dan Matthews and Tara Mulqueen.


Being Social brings together leading and emerging scholars on the question of sociality in poststructuralist thought. The essays collected in this volume examine a sense of the social which resists final determination and closure, embracing an anxiety and undecidability of sociality, rather than effacing it. Through issues including queer politics, migration, and Guantanamo, recent events such as the occupation of Gezi Park in Istanbul, and theoretical explorations of themes such as writing, law, and democracy, contributors assess how a reconfigured sociality affects thinking and practice in the legal and political realms. With a particular emphasis on Jean-Luc Nancy, whose work brings questions of community to the fore, these essays explore how the consistent ‘unworking’ of sociality informs the tenor and form of political debate and engagement.

This is the first book from Counterpress – available in print or e-book.

You can buy the paperback from all of the various online bookshops. But more importantly, you can download the ebook from our website (below) on a pay-what-you-can-basis, or for free. Please do consider paying what you can for it. We pay proper royalties (not your paltry 10% after 1000 sales!), and after our basic costs, we will save what we can to try to set up an alternative funding process for critical (legal) theory research – one that is not beholden to the agendas of the various funding councils and administrative bodies. So please share this book, pass it on, give it to your students, order a paperback for your library. Keep an eye to our website. We have some really exciting projects lined up…  but more about that soon.

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