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Stasis before the State : nine theses on agonistic democracy

Author: Dimitris Vardoulakis
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, [2018]. ©2018
Series: Commonalities.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book critiques the relation between sovereignty and democracy. Across nine theses, Vardoulakis argues that sovereignty asserts its power by establishing exclusions: the sovereign excluding other citizens from power and excludes refugees and immigrants from citizenship. Within this structure, to resist sovereignty is to reproduce the logic of exclusion characteristic of sovereignty. In contrast to this "ruse of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dimitris Vardoulakis
ISBN: 0823277402 9780823277407 9780823277391 0823277399
OCLC Number: 1004602641
Description: viii, 153 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Preamble : the ruse of sovereignty or agonistic monism? --
Constituent power forges the distinction between democracy and sovereignty --
Sovereign violence is always justified violence --
The different ways in which violence is justified delineate different forms of sovereignty --
Sovereignty and the refugee --
Judgment is constitutive of democracy --
Judgment establishes the agonistic relation between democracy and sovereignty by dejustifying violence --
Democratic judgment shows the imbrication of the ontological, the political, and the ethical --
The refugee and resistance to sovereign power --
Stasis indicates that judgment is the condition of the possibility of the law, or that democracy is the form of the constitution --
Stasis, or agonistic monism, names the forms of the relation between democracy and sovereignty --
Stasis underlies all political praxis.
Series Title: Commonalities.
Responsibility: Dimitris Vardoulakis.

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How is political change possible when even the most radical revolutions only reproduce sovereign power? Via the analysis of the contradictory meanings of stasis, Vardoulakis argues that the  Read more...

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