Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745325316 Published November 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745325323 Published November 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism

Jeremy Gilbert

Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism

Jeremy Gilbert

Distributed for Pluto Press

272 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745325316 Published November 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745325323 Published November 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Common Ground explores the philosophical relationship between collectivity, individuality, affect and agency in the neoliberal era. Jeremy Gilbert argues that individualism is forced upon us by neoliberal culture, fatally limiting our capacity to escape the current crisis of democratic politics.

The book asks how forces and ideas opposed to neoliberal hegemony, and to the individualist tradition in Western thought, might serve to protect some form of communality, and how far we must accept assumptions about the nature of individuality and collectivity which are the legacy of an elitist tradition. Along the way it examines different ideas and practices of collectivity, from conservative notions of hierarchical and patriarchal communities to the politics of ‘horizontality’ and ‘the commons’ which are at the heart of radical movements today.

Exploring this fundamental faultline in contemporary political struggle, Common Ground proposes a radically non-individualist mode of imagining social life, collective creativity and democratic possibility.

Contents

Preface
1 Postmodernity and the Crisis of Democracy
2 A War of All Against All: Neoliberal Hegemony and Competitive Individualism
3 Leviathan Logics: Group Psychology from Hobbes to Laclau
4 The State of Community Opened: Multitude and Multiplicity
5 The Non-Fascist Crowd: Individuation and Infinite Relationality
6 Feeling Together: Affect, Identity and the Politics of the Common
7 On the Impossibility of Making Decisions: Affect, Agency and the Democratic Sublime
Conclusions
Notes
Index

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