Thesis Eleven

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    Gramsci’s Notebooks: In these times.Peter Beilharz - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):131-138.
    The work and ideas of Antonio Gramsci continue to attract serious and sustained scholarly attention. This review essay, which might be viewed as an appendage to the earlier, 2016 Thesis Eleven essay ‘From Marx to Gramsci’, develops some of the lines of curiosity indicated there. Does the globalization of Gramsci occur at the expense of the recognition of the particularity of his thought, its specific time and place, and its clearly revolutionary intention? What do these phenomena signify, almost a century (...)
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    Reading Campeanu through Lewin: A contribution to the political history of Stalinism.Emanuel Copilaş - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):113-130.
    Owing to various reasons, Stalinism still represents, according to this essay, a fertile intellectual topic. Therefore, my aim here is to offer a reading of Pavel Campeanu’s works on Stalinism – a relatively unknown Romanian Marxist – through the social history of the Soviet Union in general and of Stalinism in particular advanced by Moshe Lewin. The argumentation advances by taking into account the overall historical frame of the debate (Eastern and Western Marxism during the Cold War) and by stressing (...)
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    Utopia as compensation for secularization.Daniel Cunningham - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):20-33.
    In this article, I argue for an historical understanding of the relationship between ideology and utopia/utopianism that positions the latter as a specifically modern compensation for the loss of the cosmologically grounded, unitary ideology supplied by the late medieval Christian Church. This claim relies upon but revises Fredric Jameson’s early theorization of the collaboration between ideology and utopia/utopianism, which emphasizes that utopian elements allow ideology to offer subjects a ‘compensatory exchange’ for their complicity. Developing my central argument requires considering the (...)
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  4. Ecumenical critical theory, pluralism and developmental trends.José Maurício Domingues - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):3-19.
    Critical social theory is a late product of the Enlightenment, though pushed beyond its original intentions. It then developed mainly with Marxism, but since the beginning other strands have been important, such as anarchism, feminism, anti-colonialism, anti-racism and environmentalism. The immanent critique of modernity must be seen indeed as ecumenical. In its plurality, it must have however at its core the realisation of equal freedom and full solidarity that remains an unfulfilled promise and offers a criterion of demarcation for critical (...)
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    Why the turn to matter matters: A response to post-Marxist critiques of new materialism.Mads Ejsing - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):56-71.
    Theories of new materialism have gained increasing traction in the social and human sciences in recent decades, as thinkers like Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour and Jane Bennett have reinvigorated the philosophical interest in topics such as the agency of nonhuman matter, the relational nature of existence and the limitations of anthropocentric forms of inquiry. However, these theories have faced criticism from post-Marxist critical theorists, who argue that theories of new materialism blunt social and capitalist critique and promote obscurity by flattening (...)
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    Transubstantiation as a normative process: James Joyce and Carl Schmitt in 1922.Wojciech Engelking - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):34-55.
    The thesis that legal norms are rooted in theology is not new. It is worth considering, however, to what extent not only singular norms, but also models of normativity are the structural representation of theological concepts. In this article, I consider transubstantiation as one of such ideas. I analyse its place in two political theologies published at the same time (in 1922): Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology and James Joyce’s Ulysses. I argue that both thinkers used the idea of transubstantiation as (...)
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    Not so ‘dumb money’? Constituting professionals and amateurs in the history of finance capitalism.Kristian Bondo Hansen & Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):72-88.
    This article examines the historically contentious relationship between the financial market and the public as discussed in academic literature, financial journalism and prescriptive how-to invest handbooks during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although financial markets thrive off active public participation, speculating at stock and commodity exchanges has been a sanctioned ritual reserved for a privileged minority. We argue that the financial establishment’s intent to control market access through financial entry-barriers (such as exchange membership fees and margin requirements) has (...)
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  8. Book review: Normative Intermittency: A Sociology of Failing Normative Structuration. [REVIEW]Nicola Marcucci - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):150-155.
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  9. Book review: The Work of History: Writing for Stuart Macintyre. [REVIEW]Andrew Wells - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):139-150.
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    Revolution as a transition from empire to nation-state(s): Comparing the Soviet and Chinese paths.Luyang Zhou - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 181 (1):89-112.
    How did revolutions facilitate empires’ transition to nation-states? This article compares the Bolshevik and the Chinese Communist Revolutions. It conceptualizes this Soviet–Sino comparison through three dimensions of nation-building: separating from a universal community, building a national cultural core and overcoming internal ethnopolitics. Both socialist regimes accommodated the nation-state model by fusing centralized control with limited autonomy for ethnic minorities. Yet, whereas the Soviet Union claimed to be a universal union of nation-states, which was supposed to keep accepting new members until (...)
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    Towards a theory of dependent democracy.Eduardo Enríquez Arévalo - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):72-91.
    Democracy is seen today as being in erosion or crisis both in the Global North and South. This article puts forward the concept of ‘dependent democracy’ in order to explain that much of the lack of success of democracy in the South in guaranteeing political participation and economic inclusion and wellbeing for the majority of the population is due to a specific tendency of democracy there. Adapting some insights from the more economics focused Dependency theory towards a more contemporary point (...)
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    Book review: The Poverty of Philosophy: Readings in Non and Other Philosophies or Arts of Immanence. [REVIEW]Jonathan Fardy - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):144-147.
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    Book review: My Life in Fragments. [REVIEW]Zeger Polhuijs - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):147-149.
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    From modernism to presentism: On the destination of art.David Roberts - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):3-14.
    The idea of modern art presupposes the rise of historicism and the sense of progress since the Enlightenment. Once art, however, conceives itself as progressive and hence modern, it is confronted by the paradoxes of progress: progress renders the modern obsolete at the same time as it seeks to give itself meaning by positing a goal, a destination that would be the end purpose and hence the end of progress. As a consequence, modern art is impelled to constantly transcend its (...)
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    Practical aesthesis.Rob Shields & Nicholas Hardy - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):15-36.
    Aesthesis, the classical term for sensing and perceiving, is at the heart of innumerable problems that plague global society. The purpose of this article is to open a conversation on aesthesis. We survey the roots and relevance of aesthesis as a direct albeit contested relation and engagement with the world and with Others. From its pre-Socratic origins, aesthesis has been both a pragmatic, somatic concept, prompting a re-evaluation of the distinction between experience and abstraction. We trace its ongoing repression from (...)
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    Dialectical myth of the Fall.Johan Trovik - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):56-71.
    This article reinterprets the Dialectic of Enlightenment as a retelling of the Christian myth of the Fall. Through its account of the aporia, which Horkheimer and Adorno maintain stands at its core, the Dialectic of Enlightenment rearticulates the doctrine of original sin. The human condition is presented as tragic, and the source of this tragedy is inscribed into the very structure of human subjectivity. While the Dialectic of Enlightenment refuses to abandon hope, emancipation is reconceptualised on the model of redemption; (...)
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    The negative Commonwealth: Australia as ‘laboratory’, then and now.Lorenzo Veracini & Dan Tout - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):92-110.
    Federated Australia was seen for a long time as a significant social ‘laboratory’. The Commonwealth itself was seen as an ‘experiment’. This widespread metaphor relied on a particular pattern of perception: the country was ‘new’ (it was not), and the country was allegedly isolated (it was not, at least not completely). Many believed that its social environment could be controlled, like that of a scientific laboratory. A laboratory is designed to shut all disturbances out – the value of the data (...)
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    Book review: Critique on the Couch: Why Critical Theory Needs Psychoanalysis. [REVIEW]Peter J. Verovšek - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):149-154.
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    Carnal concepts in action: The diagonal sociology of Loïc Wacquant.Loïc Wacquant & Dieter Vandebroeck - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):111-143.
    Written in the form of a dialogue with Brussels sociologist Dieter Vandebroeck, this article retraces the social and intellectual trajectory of Loïc Wacquant as stepping stone to reviewing and discussing the major concepts coined and theoretical propositions elaborated in the course of his research on comparative urban marginality, racial domination, the ghetto, the penal state, neoliberalism, and carnality. This provides an opportunity to specify the relationships between ethnography, history and theory; the dialectic of domination and resistance; the role of public (...)
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    A blue coat: The addict and the unspeakable girl in South Africa’s colonial archive.Thembisa Waetjen - 2024 - Thesis Eleven 180 (1):37-55.
    Can a colonial archive render up form-of-life? To what ends? This essay explores these questions through a methodological exercise that casts a specific historical subject in the role of Giorgio Agamben’s ‘unspeakable girl’. The subject is a woman identified in a 1910 Cape Town police report as a habitual opium smoker. The unspeakable girl is a philosophical construction through which Agamben develops a concept of initiated (or initiating) knowledge. At stake in my forensic re/deconstruction of this case is how a (...)
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