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The Plebeian Experience : a Discontinuous History of Political Freedom

Author: Martin Breaugh; Lazer Lederhendler
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2013.
Series: Columbia studies in political thought/political history.
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How do people excluded from political life achieve political agency? Through a series of historical events that have been mostly overlooked by political theorists, Martin Breaugh identifies fleeting yet decisive instances of emancipation in which people took it upon themselves to become political subjects. Emerging during the Roman plebs's first secession in 494 BCE, the plebeian experience consists of an  Read more...
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Breaugh, Martin.
Plebeian experience : a discontinuous history of political freedom.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2013
ix, 310 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Breaugh; Lazer Lederhendler
ISBN: 0231520816 9780231520812
OCLC Number: 1058414452
Language Note: In English, French.
Notes: Translated from the French.
Dividedness or Undividedness Among the Communards?
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 316 pages .).
Contents: Series Page --
Title Page --
Copyright --
Dedication --
Epigraphs --
Contents --
Foreword --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Part I: What Is "The Plebs"? --
1. Historical Genesis of the Plebeian Principle --
The Roman Republic: The First Plebeian Secession (494 BCE) --
Florence: The Ciompi Revolt (1378) --
Romans: Carnival and Revolt (1580) --
Excursus 1: On the "Originary Division of the Social" --
Naples: The Revolt of Masaniello (1647) --
Excursus 2: On the "Intractable" --
2. Philosophical Genesis of the Plebeian Principle --
Machiavelli: The Plebs, Conflict, and Freedom. First Exemplary Political Struggle: Against Centralization --
Second Exemplary Political Struggle: Against the Great Specialists --
A Practice of Insurrection --
The Insurrection Against the Girondins --
The Insurrection Against the Thermidoreans --
4. The London Corresponding Society and the English Jacobins --
On the Plebs: Thinking with Thompson Against Thompson --
On the English Jacobins --
Eighteenth-Century England and the French Revolution --
"That the Number of Our Members Be Unlimited" --
"The Liberty Tree" --
A Heritage Without a Testament? --
Plurality --
Political Capacity. Otherness --
New Political Spaces --
Active Citizenship --
5. The Paris Commune of 1871 and the Communards --
What Is a Communard? --
Toward the Paris Commune: A Political Apprenticeship --
Political Clubs Under the Commune: A Radical Democracy --
The Communalist Contribution: Critique of Politics, Practice of Freedom --
Part III: The Nature of the Human Bond --
Prologue: Social Bond, Political Bond, and Modernity --
6. The Sans-Culottes: A Political Bond of Fraternity --
The Sans-Culottes: A Political Bond --
Fraternity in Action --
Fraternization as Political Practice. Politics, Violence, and Fraternity: A Tenuous Political Bond --
Rousseau's Legacy? On Undividedness Among the Sans-Culottes --
7. The English Jacobins: A Political Bond of Plurality --
The Industrial Revolution in England --
The Break-Up of the Traditional Social Bond --
Rebonding: The London Corresponding Society --
"Unlimited Number": Plurality as Political Bond --
A Political Bond of Division? --
8. The Communards: A Political Bond of Association --
The Political Situation in France Before the Commune --
A Core Principle of Communal Action: Association --
Association as Political Bond.
Series Title: Columbia studies in political thought/political history.
Other Titles: Expérience plébéienne.
Responsibility: Martin Breaugh ; translated by Lazer Lederhendler.

Abstract:

How do people excluded from political life achieve political agency? Through a series of historical events that have been mostly overlooked by political theorists, Martin Breaugh identifies fleeting yet decisive instances of emancipation in which people took it upon themselves to become political subjects. Emerging during the Roman plebs's first secession in 494 BCE, the plebeian experience consists of an underground or unexplored configuration of political strategies to obtain political freedom. The people reject domination through political praxis and concerted action, therefore establishing.

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