What Is a People?

2016.05.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alain Badiou, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, et al., What Is a People?, Jody Gladding (tr.), Columbia University Press, 2016,
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2016.05.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alain Badiou, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, et al., What Is a People?, Jody Gladding (tr.), Columbia University Press, 2016, 152pp., $24.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231168762. Reviewed by Janae Sholtz, Alvernia University This collection of essays will be of interest to those engaged with the contemporary problem of how to conceive the reinvigoration of the political imagination. The authors seek to reclaim the concept of a "people" for its political efficacy by carefully extracting the concept from its fraught history. The tension inherent in this recuperative project is foregrounded in Bruno Bosteels' introduction, in which he characterizes each of the contributors as walking the line between positive development of an emancipatory role and negative delimitation of the concept's appropriation within totalizing politics or state control. Bosteels offers a preemptive warning: "The fundamental decision to be made …. . .

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