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Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon

J. M. Bernstein, Adi Ophir, and Ann Laura Stoler


Deciding what is and what is not political is a fraught, perhaps intractably opaque matter. Just who decides the question; on what grounds; to what ends–these seem like properly political questions themselves. Deciding what is political and what is not can serve to contain and restrain struggles, make existing power relations at once self-evident and opaque, and blur the possibility of reimagining them differently. This book seeks to revive our common political vocabulary—both everyday and academic—and to do so critically. Its entries take the form of essays in which each contributor presents ... More

Keywords: political, power relations, rethinking, radical questioning, political thinking, political writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823276684
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. M. Bernstein, editor
New School for Social Research

Adi Ophir, editor
Brown University

Ann Laura Stoler, editor
New School for Social Research

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Front Matter

1 Archē

Stathis Gourgouris

2 Blood

Gil Anidjar

3 Colony

Ann Laura Stoler

4 Concept

Adi Ophir

5 Constituent Power

Andreas Kalyvas

6 Development

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

7 Exploitation

Étienne Balibar

8 Federation

Jean L. Cohen

9 Identity

Akeel Bilgrami

10 The Rule of Law

J. M. Bernstein

11 Sexual Difference

Joan Copjec

12 Translation

Jacques Lezra