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A Poststructuralist Discourse Theory of Global Politics

  • Authors
  • Dirk Nabers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 1-6
  3. Crisis and Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 9-27
    3. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 29-46
  4. Reality and Difference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 49-79
    3. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 81-100
  5. Hegemony and Social Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 103-127
    3. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 129-148
  6. Crisis and Change in the “War on Terror”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Dirk Nabers
      Pages 151-174
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-272

About this book

Introduction

This book develops a discourse theory of crisis and change in global politics. Crisis is conceptualized as structural dislocation, resting on difference and incompleteness.  Change is seen as the continuous but ultimately futile effort to gain a full identity. The incompleteness and contingent character of the social represents the most important condition for democratic politics to become possible and for a theory of crisis and change to become conceivable. In this new understanding, crisis loses its everyday meaning of a periodically occurring event. Instead, crisis becomes an omnipresent feature of the social fabric. It represents the absence of ground, of social foundation, and it rests within the subject as well as within the social whole.

Keywords

Crisis difference poststructuralism dislocation hegemony terror politics social change structuralism

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