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Unstable UniversalitiesPoststructuralism and Radical Politics$
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Saul Newman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071287

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071287.001.0001

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Radical politics today

Radical politics today

(p.166) 6 Radical politics today
Unstable Universalities

Saul Newman

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the conditions for radical politics today against the background of a rapacious globalising capitalism and an increasingly aggressive and authoritarian state sovereignty. Taking postmodernity as its theoretical background, and globalisation as its political background, it explores the ‘anti-globalisation’ movement. It argues that the movement highlights new forms of political practice and articulation, as well as a new relationship to political identity. Moreover, in taking global anti-capitalism as its political and ethical horizon, it shows how this movement can be seen as an expression of a new form of political universality, one that can be understood through a poststructuralist ‘paradigm’. The chapter contends that poststructuralism, rather than Marxism and liberal pluralism, would be the most appropriate ‘prism’ through which to view the movement. The chapter also explores the link between the new radical politics and anarchism.

Keywords:   radical politics, capitalism, postmodernity, globalisation, state sovereignty, anti-globalisation movement, anti-capitalism, political universality, anarchism, poststructuralism

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