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  1. Occupying Paulista: Housing Activism, the New Right and the Politics of Public Space During the Brazilian Crisis.Victor Albert - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):37-53.
    Brazilian society has frequently been described as polarized during the country’s recent political and economic crisis. In 2018, a wave of opposition to the centre-left Workers’ Party culminated in the election of Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist who portrays the political left as a malevolent force in Brazilian society. In this paper I explore this polarization through drawing on ethnographic research with the Homeless Workers’ Movement, a large urban social movement that develops settlements on underutilized land in the city, and (...)
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  2. Ecuador’s Dual Populisms: Neocolonial Extractivism, Violence and Indigenous Resistance.Angélica María Bernal - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):9-36.
    This article examines the confluence of extractivism, violence, and their resistance in the context of left governance – specifically the case of Ecuador – through an engagement with the concept of populism. Alongside Bolivia and Venezuela, Ecuador has long been associated with the rise of radical populism and with it an ‘autocratic turn’ in Latin America. Dispensing with overdetermined accounts of populism as either the anti-thesis or essence of democracy, this article proposes a third lens – dual populisms – to (...)
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    Paradoxes of Populism During the Pandemic.Rogers Brubaker - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):73-87.
    Populist protests against Coronavirus-related restrictions in the US appear paradoxical in three respects. Populism is generally hostile to expertise, yet it has flourished at a moment when expertise has seemed more indispensable than ever. Populism thrives on crisis and indeed often depends on fabricating a sense of crisis, yet it has accused mainstream politicians and media of overblowing and even inventing the Corona crisis. Populism, finally, is ordinarily protectionist, yet it has turned anti-protectionist during the pandemic and challenged the allegedly (...)
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    Republicanism and Populism: Articulation of Plurality or Plebeian Democratism?Ysrrael Camero & Armando Chaguaceda - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):54-72.
    This article addresses – from a theoretical and historical perspective – the discussion on republicanism and populism, in connection to different ways of conceiving political modernity. It places republicanism and populism within the framework of contemporary democracies in the Latin American context, looking at the reciprocal interaction between these political traditions, and their relevance for understanding the current challenges of the liberal model in the region.
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  5. De-Staging the People: On the Role of the Social and Populism Beyond Politics.Joseph Grim Feinberg - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):104-119.
    This paper engages with radical democratic theory in light of the so-called ‘return of the people’ taking place in contemporary political discourse. I argue that the return of the people should not be seen only as a return of politics strictly speaking, but also as a process by which elements of the social that had previously been excluded from politics enter the political sphere. Framing the problem in this way calls for a view to how politics is circumscribed, distinguished from (...)
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    Democracy Vs. Demography: Rethinking Politics and the People as Debate.Emilia Palonen - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):88-103.
    Rise of populist politics in the 21s century calls scholars and politicians alike to reflect upon the question of how politics and democracy have been understood. Drawing on the theory of hegemony, this article establishes a distinction between democracy and ‘demography’ as a key line of conceptualization in politics. It highlights a central misunderstanding at the core of the demonization of populism: For radical democratic theory, ‘the people’ is not a demographic, socio-economic, or historically sedimented category tied to some characteristics, (...)
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    Beyond Populism.Raul A. Sanchez-Urribarri & Alonso Casanueva Baptista - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):3-8.
    This article offers a brief critical summary of our Populism project to date, and introduces Thesis Eleven readers to the articles edited in this Special Issue. We comment on significant recent developments on populism scholarship, and reflect about the most recent developments currently taking place and their impact on current populism research.
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    Populism and the Separation of Power and Knowledge.Brian C. J. Singer - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 164 (1):120-143.
    Not long ago, under the influence of Michel Foucault, one spoke of the conjunction of knowledge and power, but in this post-truth era power appears singularly uninterested in knowledge, even as the supporters of Donald Trump claim that he alone of all politicians speaks the truth. This essay proposes to examine the relations of power and knowledge under the present populist assault. This analysis begins in the work of Claude Lefort, who spoke of the separation of knowledge and power in (...)
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    The Alt-Right’s Continuation of the ‘Cultural War’ in Euro-American Societies.Tamir Bar-On - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):43-70.
    In this paper, I argue that the Alt-Right needs to be taken seriously by the liberal establishment, the general public, and leftist cultural elites for five main reasons: 1) its ‘right-wing Gramscianism’ borrows from the French New Right and the French and pan-European Identitarian movement. This means that it is engaged in the continuation of a larger Euro-American metapolitical struggle to change hearts and minds on issues related to white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and racialism; 2) it is indebted to the metapolitical (...)
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    Book Review: Antonio Gramsci – Towards an Intellectual Biography. [REVIEW]Peter Beilharz - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):136-138.
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    Thesis Eleven: In Transition.Peter Beilharz & Sian Supski - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):3-4.
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  12. Dangerous Minds in Dangerous Times.Ronald Beiner - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):29-42.
    Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger hold firmly entrenched places within the canon of modern philosophy. And rightly so: both are penetrating critics of liberal modernity. Yet we need to ask ourselves whether, as academics teaching these thinkers, we are doing full justice to the more disturbing aspects of their thought. They don’t simply interrogate the axioms of modern life as a subject for intellectual reflection; they have a praxis-oriented project to demolish the post-1789 moral-political dispensation that we tend to take (...)
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    The Frankfurt School and the Authoritarian Personality: Balance Sheet of an Insight.Geoff Boucher - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):89-102.
    Frankfurt School critical theory is perhaps the most significant theory of society to have developed directly from a research programme focused on the critique of political authoritarianism, as it manifested during the interwar decades of the 20th century. The Frankfurt School’s analysis of the persistent roots – and therefore the perennial nature – of what it describes as the ‘authoritarian personality’ remains influential in the analysis of authoritarian populism in the contemporary world, as evidenced by several recent studies. Yet the (...)
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    Book Review: National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy. [REVIEW]Chamsy el-Ojeili - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):131-136.
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    Book Review: Downtown Revitalisation and Delta Blues in Clarksdale Mississippi: Lessons for Small Cities and Towns. [REVIEW]Melissa Kennedy - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):145-148.
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    Political Philosophy and Australian Far-Right Media: A Critical Discourse Analysis of The Unshackled and XYZ.Imogen Richards, Maria Rae, Matteo Vergani & Callum Jones - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):103-130.
    A 21st-century growth in prevalence of extreme right-wing nationalism and social conservatism in Australia, Europe, and America, in certain respects belies the positive impacts of online, new, and alternative forms of global media. Cross-national forms of ‘far-right activism’ are unconfined to their host nations; individuals and organisations campaign on the basis of ethno-cultural separatism, while capitalising on internet-based affordances for communication and ideological cross-fertilisation. Right-wing revolutionary ideas disseminated in this media, to this end, embody politico-cultural aims that can only be (...)
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    Book Review: Debt and Guilt: A Political Philosophy. [REVIEW]Scott Robinson - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):142-145.
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    Golden Calf: Deleuze’s Nietzsche in the Time of Trump.Matthew Sharpe - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):71-88.
    This paper examines how Gilles Deleuze addresses, and fail to address, the darker strata in Nietzsche’s work which has enabled his work to be claimed by almost every far-right European political movement since the 1890s to the Alt-Right today. Part I argues that four rhetorical strategies are present which serve to domesticate Nietzsche’s ideas concerning class and caste, race and sexuality, and his opposition to forms of liberalism, democracy, feminism and socialism: avoiding directly political subjects which Nietzsche returned to; catachrestic (...)
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    A Disturbance of Vision on the Capitol: Philosophy and the Far-Right – Towards an Interdisciplinary Inquiry.Matthew Sharpe - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):5-28.
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    Book Review: Anthropology and Civilizational Analysis: Eurasian Explorations. [REVIEW]Jeremy Smith - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 163 (1):138-142.
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    Making Worlds From Literature: W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Quest of the Silver Fleece and Dark Princess.Verena Adamik - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):105-120.
    While W.E.B. Du Bois’s first novel, The Quest of the Silver Fleece, is set squarely in the USA, his second work of fiction, Dark Princess: A Romance, abandons this national framework, depicting the treatment of African Americans in the USA as embedded into an international system of economic exploitation based on racial categories. Ultimately, the political visions offered in the novels differ starkly, but both employ a Western literary canon – so-called ‘classics’ from Greek, German, English, French, and US American (...)
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    Mutant Worlds, Migrant Words: Rabindranath Tagore, Mahasweta Devi and Amitav Ghosh.Radha Chakravarty - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):18-32.
    Drawing upon the insights of Rabindranath Tagore, who coined the term viswasahitya to express his own understanding of comparative literature, this essay resituates translation as the cornerstone for new directions in world literature. While conventional understandings of world literature tend to reconfirm existing power structures and hierarchies, translation opens up the possibility of thinking beyond the national/global binary by interrogating the lines along which such binaries are conceptualized. Translation operates at the borders that are seen to divide cultures, languages, worldviews (...)
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  23. Which World, Whose Literature?Supriya Chaudhuri - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):75-93.
    This essay argues that the ‘thought figure’ of world literature has been under incalculable strain from its inception, given the diversity of linguistic and cultural contexts within which it must be understood. After a brief introductory discussion of Rabindranath Tagore’s talk on world literature, the essay goes on to connect world literature debates with those in global modernism, especially modernism in the colony. Looking at the networks of modernism, and the role of little magazines in India, particularly Bengal, in creating (...)
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    Theorizing Untranslatability: Temporalities and Ambivalence in Colonial Literature of Taiwan and Korea.Pei Jean Chen - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):62-74.
    This paper theorizes and historicizes the ideas of modern language and translation and challenges the imperialist and nationalistic mode of worlding with the notion of ‘untranslatability’ that is embedded in the linguistic and cultural practices of colonial Taiwan and Korea. I redefine the notion of translation as a bordering system – the knowledge-production of boundaries, discrimination, and classification – that simultaneously creates the translatable and the untranslatable in asymmetrical power relations. With this, I discuss how this ambivalence is embodied in (...)
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    Teaching Indo-Islamic Poetry: Sexuality in the Global Classroom.Shad Naved - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):46-61.
    The article argues that a critical encounter with pre-modern literatures from the national past is long overdue under the impact of a globalized discourse of sexuality. Its effects are already felt at the level of both pedagogy and literary reading, one reconstituting the other, in the ‘global classroom’, a self-conscious pedagogical space imagined by the new educational policy to bring about a globally accredited cultural homogeneity. The case study comes from teaching erotic poetry at an Indian university, from the joint (...)
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    Fin du Globe: Oscar Wilde’s Romance with Decadence and the Idea of World Literature.Harald Pittel - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):121-136.
    This essay argues that Oscar Wilde noticeably contributed to the emerging discourse about world literature, even though his views in this regard have to be unearthed from the margins of his works, from his early and unpublished American lectures and ‘between the lines’ of his major critical essays. Wilde’s implicit ideas around world literature can be understood as being closely related to his broader endeavour of redirecting and revaluing the pejorative discourse around ‘decadence’ in art and literature. More specifically, the (...)
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    Remembering (to Forget) English: The Crises of World Literature in Jotirao Phule’s Slavery.Rahee Punyashloka - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):94-104.
    Discursive history of the English language has been vital to analysing ‘the postcolonial condition’ in the Indian subcontinent, with a broadly overarching emphasis on how English is a ‘usurper language’. Simultaneous to this, however, there exists a hitherto understudied history featuring subaltern, ‘organic intellectuals’ from the lower castes. Not only does this ‘subaltern history of English’ exhibit a more positive affect toward the English language – by invoking its emancipatory potential in an economy of deeply casteist vernacular languages – but (...)
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    An ‘International Author, but in a Different Sense’: J.M. Coetzee and ‘Literatures of the South’.Meg Samuelson - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):137-154.
    J.M. Coetzee has unquestionably achieved the status of ‘international author’ within dominant conceptions of world literature: his works circulate widely in both English and translation and have been legitimated by the principal arbitrators of the global cultural industry. He has, however, recently positioned himself as ‘an international author, but in a different sense’; that is, as a writer whose internationalism is achieved through his location in ‘the South’. This article considers how Coetzee’s narratives thematize being ‘international’ in this ‘different sense’. (...)
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    Layer After Layer: Aerial Roots and Routes of Translation.Dirk Wiemann - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):33-45.
    When the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in South London were opened to the general public in the 1840s, they were presented as a ‘world text’: a collection of flora from all over the world, with the spectacular tropical specimens taking centre stage as indexes of Britain’s imperial supremacy. However, the one exotic plant species that preoccupied the British cultural imagination more than any other remained conspicuously absent from the collection: the banyan tree, whose non-transferability left a significant gap in (...)
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    Postcolonial World Literature: Narration, Translation, Imagination.Dirk Wiemann, Shaswati Mazumdar & Ira Raja - 2021 - Thesis Eleven 162 (1):3-17.
    Postcolonial criticism has repeatedly debunked the ostensible neutrality of the ‘world’ of world literature by pointing out that and how the contemporary world – whether conceived in terms of cosmopolitan conviviality or neoliberal globalization – cannot be understood without recourse to the worldly event of Europe’s colonial expansion. While we deem this critical perspective indispensable, we simultaneously maintain that to reduce ‘the world’ to the world-making impact of capital, colonialism, and patriarchy paints an overly deterministic picture that runs the risk (...)
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