Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics
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Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics

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Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics brings together some of Jacques Rancière's most recent writings on art and politics to show the critical potential of two of his most important concepts: the aesthetics of politics and the politics of aesthetics.

In this fascinating collection, Rancière engages in a radical critique of some of his major contemporaries on questions of ar...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 8th 2010 by Continuum (first published 2010)
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Ranciere's political thought is really unique, like nothing I've read before. He introduces a distinction between politics (a space of dissensus) and the police (a space of consensus). His argument is premissed on the turn from political concerns to ethical concerns in the way power is exercised in today's world. For example, during the Cold War, the fundamental dissensus was the ideological conflict between capitalism and communism, but with the beginning of the War on Terror period, we have an...more
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Whenever I read a book on literary theory or art criticism that was written in another language and translated into English, my first, usually regrettable, task is to discern where the author is really coming from. What's his purpose in writing this, what factors is he responding to, and what is it he's trying to get across? A strong grasp of the writing usually evades me until I have these questions settled at least somewhat.

You can say that that's the first problem for everybody with every su...more
Mar 04, 2011 Kyle marked it as to-read
Having only read the article on human rights contra Arendt contained in this collection, Ranciere is doing something intriguing with politics. Retaining Arendt's notion of politics as a process or action while dismissing the notion that there are barriers to being able to act is really intriguing. I'm curious to see if the rest of his thought on politics could be described as Arendtian to a degree. Having read this alongside Arendt's material, colleagues wanted to conflate his critique of Arendt...more
Served as a good sampler of Rancière's recent work and major concerns. This collection covers a range of issues: aesthetics, political action, human rights, socially engaged art and the nature of democracy. Particularly interesting were his notions of consensus/dissensus, though I would need to spend quite a bit more time with his material to fully grasp his formulation of these concepts and the other complexities of his writings. Definitely will be going back to his Ten Theses on Politics, The...more
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Jacques Rancière (born Algiers, 1940) is a French philosopher and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris (St. Denis) who came to prominence when he co-authored Reading Capital (1968), with the Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser.

Rancière contributed to the influential volume Reading "Capital" (though his contribution is not contained in the partial English translation) before...more
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“Critical art is an art that aims to produce a new perception of the world, and therefore to create a commitment to its transformation. This schema, very simple in appearance, is actually the conjunction of three processes: first, the production of a sensory form of 'strangeness'; second, the development of an awareness of the reason for that strangeness and third, a mobilization of individuals as a result of that awareness.” 9 likes
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