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1st Edition

Post-Politics in Context

ISBN 9781138543478
Published March 7, 2018 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

As disciplines, Politics and International Relations remain dominated by ideas drawn from traditions of liberal internationalism and political realism in which political imagination is preoccupied with command and order, rather than with disruption and emancipation. Yet, they have failed to offer adequate answers to why political action is foreclosed in contemporary times.

Proposed through a historically informed engagement with seminal thinkers, including Walter Benjamin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault, and examples from films and contemporary events, Ali Rıza Taşkale presents an original and much needed new perspective to interpret politics in our contemporary societies. He argues that post-politics is a counterrevolutionary logic which aims to create a society without conflict, struggle and radical systemic change.

Post-Politics in Context serves as seminal intervention upon the debate over the depoliticised conditions of contemporary neoliberal society as well as functioning as an introduction to the core theoretical frameworks of alternative tradition of social and political thought in a manner that is lacking in current debates about Politics and International Relations.

Table of Contents



1. Post-Politics: A Theoretical Intervention

2. Sovereignty

3. Discipline and the Birth of Neoliberal Governmentality

4. Societies of Neoliberal Control

5. Age of Spite/Revisiting Terrorism

6. Post-Politics to Political Spirituality




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Ali Riza Taskale teaches social and political theory at Near East University, Nicosia. Prior to joining Near East University, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hacettepe University, Turkey. His research interests include social and political theory, critique of (neo)liberalism, cinema and social futures. His research has been published in journals such as Contemporary Political Theory, Theory, Culture & Society, Journal for Cultural Research and Third Text, along with a number of book chapters in edited volumes. His most recent book is Post-Politics in Context (Routledge, 2017). He is currently working on the politics of imagination.


'A very forceful and compelling argument as to the post-political nature of neoliberal societies' - Julian Reid, University of Lapland, Finland

'In this theoretically sophisticated and wide-ranging book, Taskale shows how regimes of power are consolidated and work through affective logics. With a historically informed analysis and rich illustrative examples, he explores contemporary politics and shows why it fails to deliver.' - Professor Mustafa Dikeç, Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris and LATTS