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Critical Theory and FeelingThe Affective Politics of the Early Frankfurt School$
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Simon Mussell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526105707

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526105707.001.0001

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Critical Theory and Feeling

Simon Mussell

Manchester University Press

In lieu of a summary restatement of the preceding chapters, it seems more appropriate to finish by considering the role of affective politics in our contemporary moment. Much has already been written about 2016 marking a uniquely turbulent year of political upheaval, expressive of widespread discontent with the ‘establishment’, elites, and experts. What might a critical theory of affect have to say in response to the ostensibly seismic political events encompassed in Brexit, Donald Trump, and our supposedly new ‘post-truth’ age? Let us take the last feature as a starting point, because in unpacking the covert presuppositions of the very notion of a ‘post-truth’ politics, one can begin to better understand not only why the votes for Brexit and Trump actually came to pass, but also why they were unforeseen by so many commentators and pollsters....

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