The Resource Public things : democracy in disrepair, Bonnie Honig

Public things : democracy in disrepair, Bonnie Honig

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Public things : democracy in disrepair
Title
Public things
Title remainder
democracy in disrepair
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Bonnie Honig
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the contemporary world of neoliberalism, efficiency is treated as the vehicle of political and economic health. State bureaucracy, but not corporate bureaucracy, is seen as inefficient, and privatization is seen as a magic cure for social ills. In Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair, Bonnie Honig asks whether democracy is possible in the absence of public services, spaces, and utilities. In other words, if neoliberalism leaves to democracy merely electoral majoritarianism and procedures of deliberation while divesting democratic states of their ownership of public things, what will the impact be? Following Tocqueville who extolled the virtues of "pursuing in common the objects of common desires," Honig focuses not on the demos but on the objects of democratic life. Democracy, as she points out, postulates public things--infrastructure, monuments, libraries--that citizens use, care for, repair, and are gathered up by. To be "gathered up", refers to the work of D.W. Winnicott, the object relations psychoanalyst who popularized the idea of "transitional objects"--The toys, teddy bears or favorite blankets by way of which infants come to understand themselves as unified selves with an inside and an outside in relation to others. The wager of Public Things is that the work transitional objects do for infants is analogously performed for democratic citizens by public things, which press us into object relations with others and with ourselves. Public Things attends also to the historically racial character of public things: public lands taken from indigenous peoples, access to public goods restricted to white majorities. Drawing on Hannah Arendt, who saw how things fabricated by humans lend stability to the human world. Honig shows how Arendt and Winnicott--both theorists of livenesss--underline the material and psychological conditions necessary for object permanence and the reparative work needed for a more egalitarian democracy."--
  • "Drawing on Winnicott and Hannah Arendt, Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair develops a lexicon for a political theory of public things. Indigenous activism, racial inequality, and democratic citizenship; care, concern, hope, and play all figure in readings of contemporary events and literary, film, and political theory (Tocqueville, Melville, von Trier)"--
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Honig, Bonnie
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.H7485 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Series statement
Thinking out loud: the Sydney lectures in philosophy and society
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  • Arendt, Hannah
  • Winnicott, D. W.
  • Arendt, Hannah
  • Winnicott, D. W.
  • Democracy
  • Political science
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Democracy
  • Political science
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
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Public things : democracy in disrepair, Bonnie Honig
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Public Things; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Preface: Opting Out ; Introduction: Thinging Out Loud ; Lecture One: Democracy's Necessary Conditions ; Lecture Two: Care and Concern: Arendt with Winnicott ; Lecture Three: Hope and Play: Jonathan Lear's Radical Hope and Lars von Trier's Melancholia
  • Epilogue: Public Things, Shared Space, and the Commons Acknowledgments ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 144 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780823276431
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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40026948520
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illustrations.
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
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remote
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22573/ctt1xjj52r
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  • (OCoLC)976434209
  • (OCoLC)ocn976434209
Label
Public things : democracy in disrepair, Bonnie Honig
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Public Things; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Preface: Opting Out ; Introduction: Thinging Out Loud ; Lecture One: Democracy's Necessary Conditions ; Lecture Two: Care and Concern: Arendt with Winnicott ; Lecture Three: Hope and Play: Jonathan Lear's Radical Hope and Lars von Trier's Melancholia
  • Epilogue: Public Things, Shared Space, and the Commons Acknowledgments ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 144 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823276431
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
40026948520
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt1xjj52r
System control number
  • (OCoLC)976434209
  • (OCoLC)ocn976434209

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