In A Time for Critique, Didier Fassin, Bernard E. Harcourt, and a group of eminent political theorists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and literary and legal scholars reflect on the multiplying contexts and forms of critical discourse and on the social actors and social movements engaged in them. How can one maintain sufficient distance from the eventful present without doing it an injustice? How can one address contemporary issues without repudiating the intellectual legacies of the past? How can one avoid the disconnection between theory and action? How can critique be both public and collective? These provocative questions are addressed by revisiting the works of Foucault and Arendt, Said and Cesaire, Benjamin and Du Bois, but they are also given substance through on-the-ground case studies that treat subaltern criticism in Palestine, emancipatory mobilizations in Syria, the antitorture campaigns of Sri Lankan activists, and the abolitionism of the African American critical resistance and undercommons movements in the United States. Examining lucidly the present challenges of critique, A Time for Critique shows how its theoretical reassessment and its emerging forms can illuminate the imaginative modalities to rejuvenate critical praxis.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
These essays make an eloquent case for the vitality of the critique contributed by today's social movements, for the ongoing relevance of critical thought, and for a new theoretical lexicon for the practice of contemporary critique. -- Penelope Deutscher, author of Foucault's Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason
If critique is in a crisis today, this is not only because critical options are limited in view of social conditions that present themselves as without alternative or because what is criticized is proving to be extremely resistant. Rather, critique itself has become the target of critique. The present volume intervenes in this debate in a helpful way. Not just another volume on the question of criticism it is groundbreaking in that it asks less for the normative basis of critique than for its present state. Starting with the analysis of the practice of critique and of critique as a practice, the authors develop an approach that neither denies the discontent with critique nor adopts a defeatist approach. As in a self-application of Marx's principle of immanent critique to critique itself, here 'the new world' (of critique) is developed 'from the old,' the future possibilities and tasks of critique from its existing practices, from its reality and its problems. Thus again it becomes clear what critique can and should be: an urgently needed catalyst for the transformation of existing social structures and relations. -- Rahel Jaeggi, author of Alienation and Critique of Forms of Life
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