Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly

2016.06.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Judith Butler, Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Harvard University Press, 2015, 248pp., $27.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.06.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Judith Butler, Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Harvard University Press, 2015, 248pp., $27.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674967755. Reviewed by Christoph Menke, Goethe University Frankfurt One of the most remarkable and astonishing phenomena of the last years is the return of politics to the streets and squares of the big cities. The Occupy Movements (in New York and Hong Kong), Tahrir Square, Puerta del Sol, Gezi Park are just some of the names that stand for a phenomenon that can be observed all over the world. It has been met with as much enthusiasm as critique; the first attitude praises it as “a powerful and surging multitude, one that in itself constitutes a radical democratic event or action” (182), while the second claims that “their acts are only symbolic”, not being able to change anything about the existing, indeed increasing, economic and social inequality (181). While the enthusiasm is... . . .

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