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Representation and Contestation.
Cultural Politics in a Political Century.
Lin, Ching-Yu and John McSweeney (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2010, XI, 255 pp.
Pb: 978-90-420-3149-4
€ 53 / US$ 74
eBook: 978-90-420-3150-0
€ 53 / US$ 74

At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries

Questions of cultural representation and contestation, central to political and ethical thinking after the so-called ‘cultural turn’ of recent decades, have if anything intensified in a twenty-first century of new media, globalization, migration, and ever renewed struggles over identity, memory, and cultural performance. At the same time, theoretical debate is increasingly marked by a concern to retrieve a properly political sphere of action as such. The essays collected in this interdisciplinary volume aim to break new ground by exploring the critical space between the apparently enduring political vitality of cultural representation and contestation today, on the one hand, and the possible limits of a ‘cultural’ politics, on the other. Combining concrete researches and theoretical reflection, and including a final chapter exploring the issues raised by the essays, this volume will be of interest to those in the disciplines of cultural studies, sociology, political philosophy and ethics.

Table of Contents
Ching-Yu Lin and John McSweeney: Introduction
Representation, Media, Politics
Ann-Marie Cook: More Than Just a Laugh: Assessing The Politics of Camp in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Ejvind Hansen: Actuvirtuality in the Internet-Mediated Political Public Sphere
Ewa Glapka: Ideology in Media Language: Hegemonic Discourse or Multiple Discourses?
Culture, Performance, Resistance
Ching-Yu Lin: Taiwanese Youth, Identity and Tai-Ke Culture: Resistance and the Performance of Identity
Lisa Slater: Enchantment and Disenchantment: Indigenous Australian Cultural Festivals and an Ethics of Uncertainty
Baldwin Wong: Accommodating Disadvantaged Cultural Minorities
Fiona Schouten: The Paradox of Memory Studies: Studying a Praxis from Within
Pilar Damião de Medeiros: The Social Ethics of Modern Aesthetics
Political and Ethical Thinking as ‘Cultural’ Thinking
Paolo A. Bolanos: From Rigidity to Receptivity: Articulating an Ethics of Thinking via Nietzsche and Adorno
John McSweeney: Culture and/or Politics? Rancière, Foucault and the Problem of Biopower
Paul Reynolds: Some Remarks on the Depoliticising Relationship between Ethics and Science in Contemporary Radical and Post-Marxist Thought
Concluding Reflections
Paul Reynolds and John McSweeney: The Global Nexus of Culture, Representation and Politics: Towards Ethics

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