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Laclau and Mouffe's 'Hegemony and Socialist Strategy'

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by purves grundy, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. purves grundy

    purves grundy ambient clown remix

    Someone's just given me this book. I know it's (in)famous, I'm aware it's post-Marxist, but I'm sure it demands a working knowledge of Marxism to begin with which is beyond mine. Anybody read it?
  2. phildwyer

    phildwyer Gorau arf arf dysg


    Pretty much bollocks imo.
  3. yield

    yield zero

    I've not read it but I had dinner with Ernesto Laclau a couple of weeks ago. He's a regular in a pub my best friend's girlfriend works in. Nice fella, appalling English considering he's lived here for over 30 years. Some great anecdotes about the Argentinian coups and Slavoj Zizek phoning him in the middle of the night to tell him dirty jokes.

    Agonism within democracy. He's a reformist and a social democrat.
  4. revol68

    revol68 what, fucking what?

  5. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    It's a long time since I read it, but wasn't it trying to provide a theoretical justification for the 'rainbow politics' of a lot of the urban cosmopolitan left in Britain and the US in the 1980s?
  6. revol68

    revol68 what, fucking what?

    Yep pretty much, radicalism as a long march of pushing boundaries further and further, a generalised resistance of all the marginalised broadening out 'democracy', with no central contradiction with the potential to blow the foundations sky high.

    The whole motion of class being just another form of oppression like sexism, racism, homophobia etc rather than the fundamental organising principle through which all those other oppressions are mediated and refracted. It takes class as just another identity politic.
  7. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone ubi sunt

    Had a go but can't see what Mouffe's driving at. :confused:
  8. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    Laclau and Mouffe were an item at the time, weren't they?
  9. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    And that all worked out brilliantly in the end, didn't it?

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  10. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    One area in which they could profitably have followed Althusser.
  11. yield

    yield zero

    They've been married for decades. She used to be one of his students.
  12. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    *tries to think up Mouffe diving joke*
  13. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    It was different in their generation, I suppose. You wouldn't get away with marrying a student today.
  14. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Eh? It still happens. Who on earth wouldn't let two adults 'get away' with it?
  15. purves grundy

    purves grundy ambient clown remix

  16. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    I'm sensing some hostility here, butchers.

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  17. J Ed

    J Ed besieging the vampire castle

    Given Laclau's influence on Podemos, Sanders and Corbynism isn't it a bit surprising that there hasn't been a resurgence of interest in his writing?
  18. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    Has Laclau really influenced anybody at all, other than a tiny gaggle of poststructualist professors?
  19. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    His work on populism does lay behind/strongly influences the strategies of a lot of latin american and southern european social movements - there has been a def upswing in interest since his death - after near 20 years of very little.
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  20. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    I completed an Urban Studies MSc last year and all the architects/planners/urban designer Bartlett types loved Laclau and to a greater extent Mouffe. Agonistic pluralism got much love.

    Which is telling

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