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Cultural Politics (2019) 15 (2): 184–201.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Bülent Diken The article thematizes the actuality of despotism through a double reading of Xenophon’s Hiero and Dave Eggers’s Circle . A key text on despotism, Hiero is interesting to reconsider in a contemporary context because of its explicit focus on the economic element in the nexus...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (2): 243–246.
Published: 01 July 2005
... prescient in his suspicion of self-rule hogtied by indirect representation. He stated publicly at the 1787 Constitutional Convention that the government they had outlined “is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when...
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Cultural Politics (2012) 8 (2): 207–231.
Published: 01 July 2012
... cultural and political ills after the age of Mao and revolution. That type of humanism is what is needed, and it stands opposed to the “totalitarian,” bad humanism and despotism of either Mao or Confucius ( Waters 2009 ). Moreover, this “new” humanism is also clearly if implicitly posed against...
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Cultural Politics (2022) 18 (2): 247–263.
Published: 01 July 2022
... with the demands of instrumentalism, a despotism of the useful that seems to be determined to extinguish everything “useless.” Even the “concept,” as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (1994: 10–11) used to complain, is perverted in this political culture and put in the service of advertisement industry with a view...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 263–265.
Published: 01 July 2017
... citizens who surrender their personal space and are under permanent surveillance. Part 4, “Digital Disobedience,” begins with the relevance of Alexis de Tocqueville’s second edition of Democracy in America (1840) and its warning that apathy may lead to despotism in a democracy. However...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (3): 391–394.
Published: 01 November 2015
...] Coppola’s Apocalypse Now , which are simulating a US Cavalry, which in turn are simulating Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” have a long history. When the Persian emperor Cyrus inherited the art of riding from his Median grandfather, the old despots of the ancient Orient were vanquished by the High King...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (1): 18–35.
Published: 01 March 2015
... manhunt not as a political art but as an activity circumscribed by the domain of the oikos within the despotic economy ( Aristotle 1995 : 20). In this sense, the Bible mobilizes the “economic” power of the Aristotelian despot under the sign of political theology. Chamayou, however, insists that a very...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (2): 163–181.
Published: 01 July 2014
... could not guarantee, power could easily be abused. The democratic majority could take society hostage or have itself taken hostage by demagogues preying on mass anxieties ( Safford 2002 : 9–10). As equality gives way to disorderliness and self-interest, power is transferred from the masses to the despot...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (2): 125–131.
Published: 01 July 2014
... of the present. But is this more than a salvage operation? Just as the liberating, progressive aspects of modern culture were trashed as some kind of state despotism and buried in the rubble of demolished tower-blocks, so the hope that informed and, in many ways, shaped modernist culture remains a dynamic force...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (2): 219–238.
Published: 01 July 2011
... as it was in the past. “The revolutionary problem today,” he argued, “is to find some unity in our various struggles without falling back on the despotic and bureaucratic organization of the party or State apparatus: we want a war-machine that would not recreate a State apparatus, a nomadic unity … that would...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 177–193.
Published: 01 July 2017
... On the occasion of Bourguiba’s death, Naccache wrote a short text, “Bourguiba et nous” (“Bourguiba and Us”), not to forgive Bourguiba for his crimes and turn the page or to somewhat settle an old grudge, but to bring into relief the forgotten continuities between Bourguiba’s era of “enlightened despotism...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (2): 165–188.
Published: 01 July 2011
.... The film does not represent Iraq as internal to our time and space. It understands Iraq as the ground zero of history, not as a part of it. It is a space prior to difference, not merely a “different” space. Just as the concept of “despotism” does not signify a different political form (such as monarchy...
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Cultural Politics (2012) 8 (2): 254–271.
Published: 01 July 2012
... by Slavick have experienced their primary enculturation in nations that, in many cases, have only in recent decades emerged from colonial rule, some of the nations having been wracked by wars during the artists' lifetimes, while others continue to be governed by despots and military occupations...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (3): 325–338.
Published: 01 November 2011
..., fiction amounts to the only truth in a world where the (itself fictive) notion of “truth” assumes a sinister, despotic, totalitarian character. For Kundera, on Bauman's rendering, artistic fiction is thus “a continuous training session for living with the ambivalent and the mysterious; it rehearses...
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Cultural Politics (2019) 15 (3): 289–302.
Published: 01 November 2019
... itself, and shifted the locus of struggle outside the factory walls. Accordingly, we witness a transition from the “mass worker” of classical factory despotism to the post-Fordist “socialized worker”—and, concomitantly, from “formal” subsumption (in which capital does not organize the total labor process...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (3): 333–346.
Published: 01 November 2021
... announces the emergence of a sinister new posthuman industrialist sovereign. This role is occupied by the despotic mining and media baron George Hearst, a spectral cybernetic figure who both wields and is wielded by the new supercharged, long-distance Morsean network of relations that will suture America...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (2): 289–310.
Published: 01 July 2011
... of American heroism. In addition, very few Bond villains are Russians. But because these villains are almost always megalomaniacal, despotic, and shown to rule over their underlings with an iron fist, they are rearticulations of the archetypal Soviet dictator whose defeat in each Bond movie replays over...
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Cultural Politics (2018) 14 (1): 109–127.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., difficult, and tangled criticism of despotism”), and the third, today, with its “phobia about the state” ( Foucault 2007 : 76). In this context “liberal governmentality” is situated as something that emerged out of the sovereign raison d’état with the rise of the bourgeoisie in the second period...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (2): 139–164.
Published: 01 July 2005
... the conditions, knowledge and skills that allow people to embrace hope rather than cynicism, to be responsible to themselves and others rather than surrender their sense of agency to either corporations or authoritarian despots, to take an essential step toward self-representation rather than mimicking...
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Cultural Politics (2008) 4 (1): 47–72.
Published: 01 March 2008
... we narrate our relation to enjoyment. Žižek suggests that what makes desire possible in contemporary conditions is the “despotic figure which stands for the primary jouisseur ,” the one who appropriates all enjoyment (1999: 315). My reading of the fantasy of free trade suggests otherwise...