Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics

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Princeton University Press, Dec 11, 2005 - Political Science - 159 pages
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Edgework brings together seven of Wendy Brown's most provocative recent essays in political and cultural theory. They range from explorations of politics post-9/11 to critical reflections on the academic norms governing feminist studies and political theory. Edgework is also concerned with the intellectual and political value of critique itself. It renders contemporary the ancient jurisprudential meaning of critique as krisis, in which a tear in the fabric of justice becomes the occasion of a public sifting or thoughtfulness, the development of criteria for judgment, and the inauguration of political renewal or restoration. Each essay probes a contemporary problem--the charge of being unpatriotic for dissenting from U.S. foreign policy, the erosion of liberal democracy by neoliberal political rationality, feminism's loss of a revolutionary horizon--and seeks to grasp the intellectual impasse the problem signals as well as the political incitement it may harbor.

 

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Contents

Untimeliness and Punctuality Critical Theory in Dark Times
1
Political Idealization and Its Discontents
17
Neoliberalism and the End of Liberal Democracy
37
At the Edge The Future of Political Theory
60
Freedoms Silences
83
Feminism Unbound Revolution Mourning Politics
98
The Impossibility of Womens Studies
116
Notes
137
Index
155
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Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Politics Out of History and States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity (both Princeton).

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