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The Public Sphere From Outside the West (Hardback)
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The Public Sphere From Outside the West (Hardback)

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Hardback 360 Pages / Published: 24/09/2015
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The Public Sphere from Outside the West brings together established and emerging new voices from philosophy, literature, anthropology, history, migration studies and information technology to address the present reality of the public sphere. In the age where everyone is in the public and everything is visible, this volume creates a delay in which the internet of things, mass surveillance and social media are asked "What is/not the Public?" The essays bring to attention the formation of geo-politically and historically distinct public spheres from South Africa, India, America and Europe. Such formations are found not only in the postcolonial histories of print, photography, cinema and caricature but also those underway in the digital era, such as the Arab Spring, Occupy movements and Anonymous. Through critical engagement with philosophers such as Kant, Heidegger, Benjamin, Habermas and Arendt , the determining concepts of the Public Sphere-privacy, secrecy, reason, the people-are shown to be undergoing epistemological and practical ruptures. Demonstrating the necessity of these considerations to understand the world public that is rapidly transforming this concept in radical ways through technologies today, this is the first collection on the subject to feature an impressive range of international thinkers. Global and timely in outlook, it breaks new ground and changes our way of looking at politics in the 21st century.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472571939
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


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A stunning collection, altogether timely, embracing literature, philosophy, the social sciences, Asia, Europe, and Africa, digital globality from thoroughly pluralized perspectives. -- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, USA
This compelling and rich volume boldly moves past a long tradition of scholarship on the public sphere that has too simply focused on commitments, philosophical and political, to its ideals and norms in the West and their deviations. Strikingly shifting the frame, this volume offers critical and wide-ranging pieces that explore the work that ideas and practices of publicity do in the world at large. This worldliness, at once particular and universal in its strivings, reframes the philosophical history of the concept itself while critically interrogating its various cultural-political lives. Spanning the internet and the digital world, cinema in India, politics in South Africa, European and non-European philosophical, literary and political writings, and visual art in India and South Africa, the volume covers key areas of philosophy, technology, visual culture, literature and politics in and through which the public sphere is crucial and compelling site for understanding our global present. -- Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and South Asian Studies, New York University, USA

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