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Negativity and Revolution: Adorno and Political Activism

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How can activists combat the political paralysis that characterises the anti-dialectical Marxism of Foucault, Derrida and Deleuze, without reverting to a dogmatic orthodoxy? This book explores solutions in the 'negative dialectics' of Theodor Adorno.

The poststructuralist shift from dialectics to 'difference' has been so popular that it becomes difficult to create meaningfu
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Pluto Press (first published October 28th 2008)
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Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The essays in this book play "fast and loose" with applications of Adorno's philosophy. But it is easy to get lost in Adorno's writings -- to get vertigo, or to get stuck. Therefore, even though some of the essays may not be the most careful readings of Adorno, I have to strongly recommend this book because these essays manage to do what might seem impossible: they make Adorno seem practical. As several of these essays show, the return to a critique of capitalism from postmodern theorizing, the ...more
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After reading Martin Jay's The Dialectical Imagination, I thought I would read this and try to get more of a handle on the theoretical work of Adorno and to a limited degree the Frankfurt School. There were definitely essays here that I certainly enjoyed and helped elucidate for me what exactly negative dialectics is. And I can't say that I've crossed the line and understand it, but there is a glimmer of light in my understanding, I think. That said, some of the essays were needlessly verbose an ...more
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Sociologist, philosopher and lawyer by profession. Holloway is closely associated with Open or Autonomous Marxism and anti-globalisation movements such as the Zapatistas.

His 2002 book, Change the World Without Taking Power, has been the subject of much debate and brought him to a wider audience.
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