• Political Science

Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl


Author: Tiqqun (Collective),Ariana Reines
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 158435108X
Category: Political Science
Page: 137
View: 8615
"Concepts made for war do not call for unanimity. And it is only natural that they should be condemned for the ignominious realities they reveal. As for those who have shut their eyes to the sheer and massive fact of the Young-Girl, what difference could a little more blindness make? The Young-Girl is herself the product of misogyny, but the theory of the Young-Girl is not. Open up any women's magazine and you'll see for yourself. The Young-Girl is not always young and, increasingly not even a girl. She is but the figure of total integration into a disintegrating social whole. When morons, against all the evidence to the contrary, protest that "The world is not a commodity!" and, for that matter, neither are they, they are feigning a virginity that only proves their impotence. We want nothing to do with this virginity nor this impotence. We propose a different sentimental education."--P. [4] of cover.

    • Philosophy

Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity


Author: Gerald Raunig,Aileen Derieg,Antonio Negri
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 9781584351160
Category: Philosophy
Page: 168
View: 5136
What was once the factory is now the university. As deindustrialization spreads and the working class is decentralized, new means of social resistance and political activism need to be sought in what may be the last places where they are possible: the university and the art world. Gerald Raunig's new book analyzes the potential that cognitive and creative labor has in these two arenas to resist the new regimes of domination imposed by cognitive capitalism. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze's concept of "modulation" as the market-driven imperative for the constant transformation and reinvention of subjectivity, in Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity, Raunig charts alternative horizons for resistance. Looking at recent social struggles including the university strikes in Europe, the Spanish ¡Democracia real YA! organization, the Arab revolts, and the Occupy movement, Raunig argues for a reassessment of the importance of cultural and knowledge production. The central role of the university, he asserts, is not as a factory of knowledge but as a place of creative disobedience.

    • Political Science

This is Not a Program


Author: Tiqqun
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 9781584350972
Category: Political Science
Page: 215
View: 5515
An urgent critique of the biopolitical subject and omnipresent Empire.

    • Political Science

To Our Friends


Author: Invisible Committee,The Invisible Committee
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 9781584351672
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
View: 4615
The Invisible Committee's The Coming Insurrection was a phenomenon, celebrated in some quarters and inveighed against in others, publicized in media that ranged from campus bulletin boards to Fox News. Seven years later, The Invisible Committee follows up their premonitory manifesto with a new book, To Our Friends. From The Invisible Committee: In 2007 we published The Coming Insurrection in France. It must be acknowledged that a number of assertions by the Invisible Committee have since been confirmed, starting with the first and most essential: the sensational return of the insurrectionary phenomenon. Who would have bet a kopeck, seven years ago, on the overthrow of Ben Ali or Mubarak through street action, on the revolt of young people in Quebec, on the political awakening of Brazil, on the fires set French-style in the English or Swedish banlieues , on the creation of an insurrectionary commune in the very heart of Istanbul, on a movement of plaza occupations in the United States, or on the rebellion that spread throughout Greece in December of 2008? During the seven years that separate The Coming Insurrection from To Our Friends , the agents of the Invisible Committee have continued to fight, to organize, to transport themselves to the four corners of the world, to wherever the fires were lit, and to debate with comrades of every tendency and every country. Thus To Our Friends is written at the experiential level, in connection with that general movement. Its words issue from the turmoil and are addressed to those who still believe sufficiently in life to fight as a consequence. To Our Friends is a report on the state of the world and of the movement, a piece of writing that's essentially strategic and openly partisan. Its political ambition is immodest: to produce a shared understanding of the epoch, in spite of the extreme confusion of the present.

    • Philosophy

Nihilism & Emancipation

Ethics, Politics, & Law
Author: Gianni Vattimo
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231130837
Category: Philosophy
Page: 197
View: 2633
A daring marriage of philosophy and practical politics, Gianni Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our time: Is it still possible to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world? Vattimo argues that nihilism is not the absence of meaning but the recognition of a plurality of meanings; it is not the end of civilization but the beginning of new social paradigms. Nihilism is an ethical doctrine in which there are no moral absolutes or infallible natural laws. "Truth" is inescapably subjective, and, because the conditions for equality and liberty are not "naturally" given, society must create these ideals or it will inevitably fall prey to irrationality, prejudice, and oppression. Featuring fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, this collection is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.

    • History

The Femicide Machine


Author: Sergio González Rodríguez
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1584351101
Category: History
Page: 135
View: 412
In Ciudad Juarez, a territorial power normalized barbarism. This anomalous ecology mutated into a femicide machine: an apparatus that didn't just create the conditions for the murders of dozens of women and little girls, but developed the institutions that guarantee impunity for those crimes and even legalize them. A lawless city sponsored by a State in crisis. The facts speak for themselves. -- from The Femicide Machine Best known to American readers for his cameo appearances as The Journalist in Roberto Bolano's 2666 and as a literary detective in Javier Marías's nove l Dark Back of Time, Sergio González Rodríguez is one of Mexico's most important contemporary writers. He is the author of Bones in the Desert, the most definitive work on the murders of women and girls in Juárez, Mexico, as well as The Headless Man, a sharp meditation on the recurrent uses of symbolic violence; Infectious, a novel; and Original Evil, a long essay. The Femicide Machine is the first book by González Rodríguez to appear in English translation. Written especially for Semiotext(e) Intervention series, The Femicide Machine synthesizes González Rodríguez's documentation of the Juárez crimes, his analysis of the unique urban conditions in which they take place, and a discussion of the terror techniques of narco-warfare that have spread to both sides of the border. The result is a gripping polemic. The Femicide Machine probes the anarchic confluence of global capital with corrupt national politics and displaced, transient labor, and introduces the work of one of Mexico's most eminent writers to American readers.

A Sand Book


Author: Ariana Reines
Publisher: Fence Books
ISBN: 9780986437366
Category:
Page: 120
View: 2602
Ariana Reines's highly anticipated new collection of poetry is an urgent, emotional document with mass appeal.

    • Fiction

Surveys

A Novel
Author: Natasha Stagg
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1584351780
Category: Fiction
Page: 176
View: 4620
A bored twenty-three-year-old woman suddenly leaves her dull suburban job for L.A., becomes Internet-famous, and falls in love -- Zelda to a semi-famous Scott.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal

Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore
Author: Jean-Luc Hennig,Ariana Reines
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 9781584350781
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 183
View: 7393
Biographies and Autobiographies.

    • Fiction

Beauty Talk & Monsters


Author: Masha Tupitsyn
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 9781584350446
Category: Fiction
Page: 237
View: 6628
A collection of stories told through the movies that revisits the lower Manhattan art world and the Atlantic haven of Provincetown in the 1980s.

    • Art

Where Art Belongs


Author: Chris Kraus
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 9781584350989
Category: Art
Page: 173
View: 3529
Contains some previously published essays.

    • Philosophy

A Theory of Regret


Author: Brian Price
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822372398
Category: Philosophy
Page: 176
View: 7320
In A Theory of Regret Brian Price contends that regret is better understood as an important political emotion than as a form of weakness. Price shows how regret allows us to see that our convictions are more often the products of our perceptual habits than the authentic signs of moral courage that we more regularly take them to be. Regret teaches us to give up our expectations of what we think should or might occur in the future, and also the idea that what we think we should do will always be the right thing to do. Understood instead as a mode of thoughtfulness, regret helps us to clarify our will in relation to the decisions we make within institutional forms of existence. Considering regret in relation to emancipatory theories of thinking, Price shows how the unconditionally transformative nature of this emotion helps us become more sensitive to contingency and allows us, in turn, to recognize the steps we can take toward changing the institutions that shape our lives.

Endnotes

Preliminary Materials for a Balance Sheet of the 20th Century
Author: Endnotes
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780993369902
Category:
Page: 248
View: 2248
Endnotes is a journal/book series published by a discussion group based in Germany, the UK and the US. It is primarily oriented towards conceptualising the conditions of possibility of a communist overcoming of the capitalist mode of production--and of the multiple structures of domination which pattern societies characterised by that mode of production--starting from present conditions. As such it has been concerned with debates in communist theory, and particularly the problematic of "communisation"; the question of gender and its abolition; the analysis of contemporary struggles, movements and political economy; the dynamics of surplus population and its effects on capital and class; capitalist formations of "race"; value-form theory and systematic dialectics; the revolutionary failures and impasses of the 20th Century. Endnotes 1 (Preliminary Materials for a Balance Sheet of the 20th Century) includes presentation of a debate between Troploin (Gilles Dauve, Karl Nesic) and Theorie Communiste on communisation, the history of capitalism and class struggle."

    • Fiction

Reena Spaulings


Author: Bernadette Corporation,Bernadette Corporation (Collective)
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 202
View: 2279
A novel set in post-9/11 New York City about a supermodel and the ultimate Broadway blockbuster.

    • Social Science

The Screwball Asses


Author: Guy Hocquenghem,Noura Wedell
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 9781584350811
Category: Social Science
Page: 87
View: 1181
A founder of Queer theory contends that the ruling classes have inventedhomosexuality as a sexual ghetto, splitting and mutilating desire in the process.

    • Art

Imaginal Machines

Autonomy & Self-organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life
Author: Stevphen Shukaitis
Publisher: Autonomedia
ISBN: 9781570272080
Category: Art
Page: 255
View: 5801
Drawing from autonomist politics, class composition analysis and avant-garde arts, Imaginal Machines explores the emergence, functioning and constant breakdown of the embodied forms of racial imagination.

    • Philosophy

In Praise of Copying


Author: Marcus Boon
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674058429
Category: Philosophy
Page: 294
View: 7363
German critic Walter Benjamin wrote some immensely influential words on the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. Luxury fashion houses would say something shorter and sharper and much more legally binding on the rip-off merchants who fake their products. Marcus Boon, a Canadian English professor with an accessible turn of phrase, takes us on an erudite voyage through the theme in a serious but engaging encounter with the ideas of thinkers as varied as Plato, Hegel, Orson Welles, Benjamin, Heidegger, Louis Vuitton, Takashi Murakami and many more, on topics as philosophically taxing and pop-culture-light as mimesis, Christianity, capitalism, authenticity, Uma Thurman's handbag and Disneyland.

    • Art

You Must Make Your Death Public

a collection of texts and media on the work of Chris Kraus
Author: Chris Kraus
Publisher: Mute Publishing
ISBN: 1906496641
Category: Art
Page: 134
View: 7915
This book assembles all the talks and media presented at Aliens & Anorexia: A Chris Kraus Symposium, which took place in March 2013 at the Royal College of Art, London. Since her first book, I Love Dick, published in 1997, writer and film-maker Chris Kraus has authored a further six books ranging from fiction to art criticism to political commentary, via continental philosophy, feminism, critical and queer theory. This collection begins to engage with questions Kraus’ work raises: where, if at all, is the line between ‘life’ as private and ‘practice’ as public? How, if the body is always performing one or other of these, can they be delineated? Can this map onto the relations between other ever blurring not-quite-binaries: artwork and critic, subject and object, masochist and sadist, unknown and known, embodied and disembodied, fiction and criticism? You Must Make Your Death Public features essays and media by Travis Jeppesen, Helen Stuhr-Rommereim, Hestia Peppé, Samira Ariadad, Beth Rose Caird, Jesse Dayan, Karolin Meunier, Linda Stupart, Lodovico Pignatti Morano, Trine Riel, Rachal Bradley, David Morris, Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield and Chris Kraus.

    • Social Science

Touring Cultures

Transformations of Travel and Theory
Author: Chris Rojek,John Urry
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134833733
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
View: 9314
It is becoming ever clearer that while people tour cultures, cultures and objects themselves are in a constant state of migration. This collection brings together some of the most influential writers in the field to examine the complex connections between tourism and cultural change and the relevance of tourist experience to current theoretical debates on space, time and identity.

    • Political Science

The Administration of Fear


Author: Paul Virilio,Bertrand Richard
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1584351055
Category: Political Science
Page: 93
View: 4647
We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. There was a time when wars, famines, and epidemics were localized and limited by a certain timeframe. Today, it is the world itself that is limited, saturated, and manipulated, the world itself that seizes us and confines us with a stressful claustrophobia. Stock-market crises, undifferentiated terrorism, lightning pandemics, "professional" suicides.... Fear has become the world we live in. The administration of fear also means that states are tempted to create policies for the orchestration and management of fear. Globalization has progressively eaten away at the traditional prerogatives of states (most notably of the welfare state), and states have to convince citizens that they can ensure their physical safety. In this new and lengthy interview, Paul Virilio shows us how the "propaganda of progress," the illuminism of new technologies, provide unexpected vectors for fear in the way that they manufacture frenzy and stupor. For Virilio, the economic catastrophe of 2007 was not the death knell of capitalism, as some have claimed, but just further evidence that capitalism has accelerated into turbo-capitalism, and is accelerating still. With every natural disaster, health scare, and malicious rumor now comes the inevitable "information bomb"--live feeds take over real space, and technology connects life to the immediacy of terror, the ultimate expression of speed. With the nuclear dissuasion of the Cold War behind us, we are faced with a new form of civil dissuasion: a state of fear that allows for the suspension of controversial social situations.