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Jacques Ranciere

STAGING THE PEOPLE: THE PROLETARIAN AND HIS DOUBLE

BY JACQUES RANCIÈRE
PUBLISHED: 10 JULY 2011
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These essays from the 1970s mark the inception of the distinctive project that Jacques Rancière has pursued across forty years, with several interwoven themes: the study of working-class identity, of its philosophical interpretation, of “heretical” knowledge and of the relationship between work and leisure.

For the short-lived journal Les Révoltes logiques, Rancière wrote on subjects ranging across a hundred years, from the California gold rush to trade-union collaboration with fascism, from early feminism to the “dictatorship of the proletariat,” from the respectability of the Paris Exposition to the disrespectable carousing outside the Paris gates. Rancière characteristically combines telling historical detail with deep insight into the development of the popular mind.

In a new Preface, he explains why such “awkward words” as “people,” “factory,” “proletarians” and “revolution” must regain their currency.
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PRAISE FOR JACQUES RANCIÈRE

“Forceful…persuasive…surprising…penetrating” – GUARDIAN

“Rancière’s writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist.”  SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

“An heir to Foucault” – ALAIN BADIOU

One of our most stimulating thinkers” PARIS MATCH

“It’s clear that Jacques Rancière is relighting the flame that was extinguished for many – that is why he serves as such a signal reference today” – THOMAS HIRSCHHORN

“In the face of impossible attempts to proceed with progressive ideals within the terms of postmodernist discourse, Rancière shows a way out of the malaise” – LIAM GILLICK

PRAISE FOR HATRED OF DEMOCRACY:

A piercing essay on the definitions and redefinitions of the term “democracy” … the present catastrophe in Iraq provides more than ample proof of Rancière’s bold assertion that we need to rethink the relationship between democracy and power before setting in motion any more wars in the name of “freedom”.” TIMES HIGHER EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

“This tastily sardonic essay is partly a scholarly sprint through the history of political philosophy, and partly a very enjoyable stream of insults directed at rival penseurs.” GUARDIAN

PRAISE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE IMAGE:

“Like all of Jacques Rancière’s texts, THE FUTURE OF THE IMAGE is vertiginously precise” LES CAHIERS DU CINEMA

“A series of gratifyingly knotty and close discussions of 19th- and 20th-century literature, film and painting” GUARDIAN
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JACQUES RANCIÈRE is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. His books include THE EMANCIPATED SPECTATOR, THE FUTURE OF THE IMAGE, HATRED OF DEMOCRACY, ON THE SHORES OF POLITICS AND PROLETARIAN NIGHTS.
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ISBN: 978 1 84467 697 2 / $29.95 / £19.99 / $37.50CAN / Paperback / 240 pages
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