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Public things : democracy in disrepair

Author: Bonnie Honig
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2017.
Series: Thinking out loud (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
"In the contemporary world of neoliberalism, efficiency is treated as the vehicle of political and economic health. State bureaucracy, but not corporate bureaucracy, is seen as inefficient, and privatization is seen as a magic cure for social ills. In Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair, Bonnie Honig asks whether democracy is possible in the absence of public services, spaces, and utilities. In other words, if

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Named Person: Hannah Arendt; D W Winnicott; Hannah Arendt; D W Winnicott; Hannah Arendt; Donald W Winnicott
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bonnie Honig
ISBN: 9780823276400 0823276406 9780823276417 0823276414
OCLC Number: 959033674
Description: xiii, 144 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface: Opting out --
Introduction: Thinking out loud --
Lecture One: Democracy's necessary conditions --
Lecture Two: Care and concern: Arendt with Winnicott --
Lecture Three: Hope and play: Jonahthan Lear's Radical hope and Lars von Trier's Melancholia --
Epilogue: Public things, shared space, and the commons.
Series Title: Thinking out loud (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Bonnie Honig.


Drawing on Winnicott and Hannah Arendt, Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair develops a lexicon for a political theory of public things. Indigenous activism, racial inequality, and democratic  Read more...


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Public Things is a healthy antidote to make a case why things like public schools, spaces, and utilities matter for a healthy democracy. Public Things provides a defense of public institutions, Read more...

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