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Precarious Rhapsody

Author : Franco Berardi
ISBN : 1570272077
Genre : Philosophy
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In this groundbreaking new text, Berardi argues that the story of human society is that of bifurcations. The fundamental one is always between machines for liberating desire and methods of control over the imaginary. In our time of digital mutation, technical automatisms are taking control of the social psyche.
Category: Philosophy

The Anomie Of The Earth

Author : Federico Luisetti
ISBN : 9780822375456
Genre : Philosophy
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The contributors to The Anomie of the Earth explore the convergences and resonances between Autonomist Marxism and decolonial thinking. In discussing and rejecting Carl Schmitt's formulation of the nomos—a conceptualization of world order based on the Western tenets of law and property—the authors question the assumption of universal political subjects and look towards politics of the commons divorced from European notions of sovereignty. They contrast European Autonomism with North and South American decolonial and indigenous conceptions of autonomy, discuss the legacies of each, and examine social movements in the Americas and Europe. Beyond orthodox Marxism, their transatlantic exchanges point to the emerging categories disclosed by the collapse of the colonial and capitalist frameworks of Western modernity. Contributors. Joost de Bloois, Jodi A. Byrd, Gustavo Esteva, Silvia Federici, Wilson Kaiser, Mara Kaufman, Frans-Willem Korsten, Federico Luisetti, Sandro Mezzadra, Walter D. Mignolo, Benjamin Noys, John Pickles, Alvaro Reyes, Catherine Walsh, Gareth Williams, Zac Zimmer
Category: Philosophy

Precarious Imaginaries Of Beirut

Author : Judith Naeff
ISBN : 9783319659336
Genre : Social Science
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This book investigates a shared experience of time and space in the post-civil-war city of Beirut: “the suspended now”. Based on the close analysis of a large corpus of cultural objects; including visual art, literature, architecture and cinema; the book argues that last decades have witnessed a gradual shift in understanding this temporality from being a transitional phase to a more durable experience of precariousness. The theoretically rich analyses take us on a journey through Beirut’s real and imagined geographies, from garbage dumps to real estate advertisements, and from subterranean spaces to martyr’s posters. For scholars of cultural analysis, urban studies, cultural geography and critical theory, the case of post-1990 Beirut offers a fascinating case of neoliberal urban renewal, which challenges existing theories. For scholars of Lebanon and Beirut, this study complements existing work on post-civil-war Lebanese cultural production rooted in trauma studies by its focus on the city’s continual exposure to violence.
Category: Social Science

Precarious Labour And The Contemporary Novel

Author : Liam Connell
ISBN : 9783319639284
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book is a major study of the presentation of work and workers in contemporary novels from India, North America and the UK. Drawing on lively recent theories about work, it shows how the novel is a crucial form for helping us to understand what work means in contemporary society. It tackles some of the most urgent questions of contemporary life by examining the stories about work that novels produce. Including detailed readings of authors such as Douglas Coupland, David Foster Wallace, Joshua Ferris, Arivand Adiga, Chetan Bhagat and Monica Ali it explores how the presentation of fictional characters lays open the experience of insecure and precarious existence in the contemporary era. This study illustrates that novels provide an essential tool for understanding what work is and how we feel when we do it.
Category: Literary Criticism

Speaking Code

Author : Geoff Cox
ISBN : 9780262018364
Genre : Computers
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The aesthetic and political implications of working with code as procedure, expression, and action. Speaking Code begins by invoking the "Hello World" convention used by programmers when learning a new language, helping to establish the interplay of text and code that runs through the book. Interweaving the voice of critical writing from the humanities with the tradition of computing and software development, in Speaking Code Geoff Cox formulates an argument that aims to undermine the distinctions between criticism and practice and to emphasize the aesthetic and political implications of software studies. Not reducible to its functional aspects, program code mirrors the instability inherent in the relationship of speech to language; it is only interpretable in the context of its distribution and network of operations. Code is understood as both script and performance, Cox argues, and is in this sense like spoken language--always ready for action. Speaking Code examines the expressive and performative aspects of programming; alternatives to mainstream development, from performances of the live-coding scene to the organizational forms of peer production; the democratic promise of social media and their actual role in suppressing political expression; and the market's emptying out of possibilities for free expression in the public realm. Cox defends language against its invasion by economics, arguing that speech continues to underscore the human condition, however paradoxical this may seem in an era of pervasive computing.
Category: Computers

Persistence Of The Negative

Author : Benjamin Noys
ISBN : 9780748655205
Genre : Philosophy
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An original and compelling critique of contemporary Continental theory through a rehabilitation of the negative.
Category: Philosophy

U 29dc Aka Documento Continuo

Author : Enrico Boccioletti
ISBN : 9781291989779
Genre : Reference
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U+29DC aka Documento Continuo is an artist book and a research into that contemporary zeitgeist that has been labeled "post internet." Originally conceived as a MA thesis, Documento Continuo is a textual and visual collage strongly relying on appropriation as the only possible way to draw your own path through the information overload. Written in Italian but mostly in "International Art English," it focuses on issues like awareness, creolization, the crisis of the European Union, dematerialization and materiality, globalization, performance, identity, FOMO, and how to be an artist in the age of "always on." Enrico Boccioletti (born 1984 in Pesaro, Italy) is an artist and performer based in Milan. His practice develops at the threshold between digital gauziness and physical materiality. He is interested in incompleteness and circularity, duplication, strata, waste, layering, shifts in context, forgery, faux-real.
Category: Reference

The Guattari Effect

Author : Eric Alliez
ISBN : 9781441186232
Genre : Philosophy
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The Guattari Effect brings together internationally renowned experts on the work of the French psychoanalyst, philosopher and political activist Félix Guattari with philosophers, psychoanalysts, sociologists, anthropologists and artists who have been influenced by Guattari's thought. Best known for his collaborative work with Gilles Deleuze, Guattari's own writings are still a relatively unmined resource in continental philosophy. Many of his books have not yet been translated into English. Yet his influence has been considerable and far-reaching. This book explores the full spectrum of Guattari's work, reassessing its contemporary significance and giving due weight to his highly innovative contributions to a variety of fields, including linguistics, economics, pragmatics, ecology, aesthetics and media theory. Readers grappling with the ideas of contemporary continental philosophers such as Badiou, Žižek and Rancière will at last be able to see Guattari as the 'extraordinary philosopher' Deleuze claimed him to be, with his distinctive radical ideas about the epoch of global 'deterritorialization' we live in today, forged within the practical contexts of revolutionary politics and the materialist critique of psychoanalysis.
Category: Philosophy


Author : Elizabeth Haydon
ISBN : 9781466823013
Genre : Fiction
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Rhapsody, n, (1542) 1: a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation 2 archaic: a miscellaneous collection 3 a (1): a highly emotional utterance (2): a highly emotional literary work (3): effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse b: Rapture, Ecstasy 4: a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character. Elizabeth Haydon is a major new force in fantasy. Equipped with a quick wit, Haydon has a sharp ear for dialogue, panache with characters, and that essential ability to transport her readers into her own fantastical world-a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapsody's aubade and smell the smoldering forges within the Cauldron. Rhapsody is a woman, a Singer of some talent, who is swept up into events of world-shattering import. On the run from an old romantic interest who won't take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: half-breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage, one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Category: Fiction

Rhapsody Green

Author : Bane Singh
ISBN : 9789383185016
Genre : Poetry
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Our passion for poems would never wilt and perhaps endure till lasting times. Find here a novel neoteric experiment in poetic landscape in which highly motivational & enrapturing poems of varied sorts have been presented quite deftly. Author has skillfully poured his decades of environmental learning and eclectic wisdom of life in quintessential form in this compact bardic work. Each poem injects a calibrated doze to galvanize thoughts on the chosen issue. A few poems also form part of mnemonics to imbibe green values among young readers. Esoteric knowledge concealed in holy Indic scriptures has also been revealed succinctly in some verses. Assorted poems in Bardic Ripples section largely hinge around human experiences at different phases of life, about the fundamental relationship between the minds, other people and other things bringing forth feelings, passions & cravings& desperations of heart together with imaginations intertwined. They tend to portray convincingly genuine and sincere account of the life’s variegated experiences and simply reflect reality common to us all yet depicted in non-pareil style. Novice to poetry, discerning connoisseurs or lifelong lovers of Rhymes, all would be captivated having cerebral journey through its pages replete with powerful, beautiful, inspiring & considerately culled words intertwined with umpteen illustrations & speaking images.
Category: Poetry