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Unexceptional Politics by Emily Apter

Unexceptional Politics

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Unexceptional Politics by Emily Apter
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Feb 06, 2018 | ISBN 9781784780852

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Unexceptional Politics is a book that teaches walking the walk by exposing the talk talked. Very few academic books of this intellectual quality can serve as a guide for activism in the interest of social justice. A text for careful reading.”
—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

“Emily Apter’s new book is exceptional. It doesn’t just challenge the current, fashionable inflation of discourse on ‘states of exception,’ but reveals how much of politics lies beyond the antithesis between ‘normal’ and ‘exceptional.’ It uses the philological method, not only to revisit the past, but to diagnose the emerging future. A must read, I certify.”
—Etienne Balibar, author of Reading Capital

“At a moment when so much thought on the left has been reduced to an exercise in personal brand-building, Emily Apter has dared to produce an uncompromisingly serious work of political imagination. In its commitment to history, to theoretical precision, and to the insistent aliveness of the revolutionary project, it joins Joshua Clover’s Riot, Strike, Riot as one of those rare indispensable interruptions of speculative business as usual.”
—Anahid Nersessian, author of Utopia, Limited

“Apter’s concept of unexceptional politics is an exceptional achievement. While most definitions of politics (or the political) smuggle a normative notion of politics and, as Latour strongly argued, fail to give a convincing account of politics as a specific dimension of our lives which is not a separate domain of objects (e.g. laws, state decisions, etc.) but rather a particular way of doing things in general, Apter succeeds in making it tangible maybe for the first time in such a thorough and subtle way by tapping in theory, literature, film and news with dazzling erudition. Anyone interested in contributing to an anthropology of politics must read this book.”
—Patrice Maniglier, University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre

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