The year of dreaming dangerously

by Žižek, Slavoj.

Format: Print Book 2012
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HN18.3.Z54 2012
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  HN18.3.Z54 2012
 
 
Summary
Call it the year of dreaming dangerously: 2011 caught the world off guard with a series of shattering events. While protesters in New York, Cairo, London, and Athens took to the streets in pursuit of emancipation, obscure destructive fantasies inspired the world's racist populists in places as far apart as Hungary and Arizona, achieving a horrific consummation in the actions of mass murderer Anders Breivik.

The subterranean work of dissatisfaction continues. Rage is building, and a new wave of revolts and disturbances will follow. Why? Because the events of 2011 augur a new political reality. These are limited, distorted--sometimes even perverted--fragments of a utopian future lying dormant in the present.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Renegade philosopher and cultural critic Zizek (Living in the End Times) again attempts to goad us from our comfortable political positions and rethink the philosophical and social meaning of 2011's major protest movements-including the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Drawing heavily on Marx and Hegel, Zizek probes the nature of these movements as they seek to fight the system of antagonistic capitalism without contributing to its enhanced functioning. For example, those involved in Occupy Wall Street, he observes, are "reacting to a system in the process of gradually destroying itself" as they wake "from a dream that has turned into a nightmare." Similarly, despite the democratic elections forced by the Arab Spring, such protest movements have not flourished, and the cultural landscape is eerily bleak for the moment. Zizek argues that subterranean dissatisfaction still exists. We should view such movements as "limited, distorted (sometimes even perverted) fragments of a utopian future" whose greater potential flickers in and out of dormancy. Zizek's staccato prose is often maddening as it jumps quickly from idea to idea, often repetitiously, without offering us a pause to ponder, but he's as provocative as ever, forcing us to confront contentious matters head-on without flinching. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Social history -- 21st century.
Social conflict -- History -- 21st century.
Social change -- History -- 21st century.
Political participation.
Publisher London ; New York :Verso,2012
Language English
Description 135 pages ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781781680421 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1781680426 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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