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Imagined democracies : necessary political fictions

Author: Yaron Ezrahi
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"In our era of mass electronic communications, political realities are produced by believable fictions that echo popular desires. Hence the pressing question facing contemporary democracies is how to privilege the performance of political fictions that promote peace and welfare rather than violence and poverty"--
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Ezrahi, Yaron.
Imagined democracies.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2012013643
(OCoLC)786002572
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yaron Ezrahi
ISBN: 9781139569309 1139569309 9781139198769 1139198769 9781139571111 1139571117 9781139572866 1139572865
OCLC Number: 812178325
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Contents: Cover; Imagined Democracies: Necessary Political Fictions; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART ONE NECESSARY FICTIONS OF THE POLITICAL AND THE REALITY OF POLITICAL FICTIONS; 1 The Contest over the Rightful Domain of the Imagination; 2 The Revival and Contemporary Legacy of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) as a Modern Theorist of the Political Imagination; 3 Modes of Imagining: Elements of a Theory of the Political Imagination; 4 Naturalization and Historicization as Strategies of the Political Imagination. PART TWO MODERN COMMON SENSE AND THE RISE OF MODERN POLITICAL IMAGINARIES5 The Historicity of Common Sense and the Role of Scientism in the Modern Political Imagination; REASON AND THE COMMON IMAGINATION AS CAUSES IN POLITICAL HISTORY; EARLY SHIFTS TOWARD COMMONSENSE REALISM; EARLY MODERN ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN ATTRIBUTIONS OF CAUSALITY AND RESPONSIBILITY; 6 Empiricism, Induction, and Visibility: The Moral Epistemology of Democratic Political Power; EMPIRICISM, INDUCTION, AND VISIBILITY. 7 The Performing Arts and the Performance of Politics: The Dialectics between the Transparent and the Self-concealing ImaginationTHE MONARCHY, THE CHURCH, AND EARLIER ANTECEDENCES OF THE TENSIONS BETWEEN NOTIONS OF THE REAL AND THE STAGED; THE NATIONALIZATION OF THE PUBLIC AND THE ENACTMENT OF NOVEL CIVIC AGENCIES; THE DUALISM OF FACTS AND FICTIONS AS A NECESSARY CONDITION FOR A CULTURE OF POLITICAL CRITICISM; PART THREE MODERN IMAGINARIES OF DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL AGENCIES AND CAUSALITY; 8 Voluntary Action, the Fear of Theatricality, and the Materialization of the Political. DEMOCRATIC CAUSALITY --
THE AMBIGUOUS STATUS OF VIOLENCEDEMOCRATIC CAUSALITY --
THE PROBLEMATIC STATUS OF ELECTIONS AS CONSTITUTIVE POLITICAL EVENTS; 9 Animated Fictions: Self (as) Fulfilling Prophecy and the Performative Imaginaries of Democratic Political Agencies; INTRODUCTION; IMAGINARIES OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN ANTIQUITY AND EARLY MODERNITY; PRELIMINARY REFLECTIONS ON MODERN VERSIONS OF EARLY INDIVIDUALISMS AND HOLISMS; MODERN IMAGININGS OF INTELLECTUAL, MORAL, AND LEGAL MODES OF HORIZONTAL ASSOCIABILITY; BALANCING SUBJECTS AND OBJECTS IN THE SHAPING OF DEMOCRATIC INDIVIDUALISM. 10 Individuals between Liberal and Illiberal CorporationsPUBLIC OPINION AND THE MARKET AS LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC AGENTS; FICTIONS OF REPRESENTATION; 11 The Impact of Culture: The Cultivation of the Individual Interior in Literature, Painting, and Music; PART FOUR THE POSTMODERN TURN AND THE RETURN OF POLITICAL THEATRICALITY; 12 Mass Media and the Refictionalization of Agency and Reality; INTRODUCTION; PHILOSOPHY, SCIENCE, AND THE FALLACY OF MISPLACED RATIONALITY; THE IDEAL OF REALISM IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMATOGRAPHY AND THE IRREPRESSIBILITY OF STAGING.
Responsibility: Yaron Ezrahi, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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