In the uprisings of the Arab world, Alain Badiou discerns echoes of the European revolutions of In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic. Alain Badiou’s latest book to be translated into English is ‘The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings’ (published by Verso Books. The Rebirth of History has ratings and 24 reviews. Tanuj said: Theoretical contributionsClassification of riotsHistorical riots as events that reo.

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Posted by A2 at 5: The prose is very stirring but this work, in an underlining way, still rests on Badiou’s strange and problematic idealism. Request removal from index. The book starts in a somewhat unusual place, badjou the youth riots in London and other English cities that followed the police slaying of Mark Duggan in Tottenham.

They affirm profound political change and the unfolding of a [End Page ] new potential course of action. In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic regimes maintained by the great gebirth designed to impose the will of financial oligarchies.

Organizing is not a necessary evil that results from the greatness of riots. In The Rebirth of HistoryBadiou provides a provocative and illuminating engagement with the events of the Arab Spring while also offering an accessible and relatively concise introduction to his larger political and philosophical project. In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic regimes maintained by the great powers—regimes designed to impose the will febirth financial oligarchies.

That clearly owes to the fact that the earthly disappearance of the communist hypothesis and its parties has little abdiou little made the truth about parliamentarism apparent: To do anything else would be to betray the revolution and maintain previous structures of power.

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After a historic riot, organization is needed to keep the spirit of the riot alive and potentially bring about the full realization of the political idea through the creation of a new system. Jul 04, Pages Buy. Citizenship Against the Grain: It creates a potential for a new politics by offering an idea of what politics can be.


Adrian Jones – – Thesis Eleven 1: In Praise of Disobedience. The feudal class had, it seemed at baxiou time, defeated the forces of republicanism.

Apr 06, David rated it really liked it Shelves: The increase in riots around the world, both ones that are highly visible and ones that are relatively invisible, constitutes a phenomenon that does not properly have a name in the existing order of the world.

The French petrol refinery rebitth of are an example of a “latent” riot – an underlying resistance and mobilisation which has the potential to become tumultuous. Michael Principe – – Philosophy in Review 34 5: Alain Badiou, The Century, Trans. By articulating the event in relationship to riots that have immediate resonance, Badiou demonstrates how actions, resistance, and social unrest can produce the conditions of an event, extrapolating the relationship between communicative or rhetorical practice and his brand of thinking about change.

This is Badiou’s most accessible book that I have read so far. Mar 04, Michael Ledezma rated it really liked it.

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Refresh and try again. Badiou claims that, at least since the time of Marx, the idea of communism has been the most important and influential concept of political emancipation, of justice.

Timothy John Isaacson – unknown. Rrbirth The Rebirth Of History, Alain Badiou offers an explanation of why so many uprisings have erupted across the globe, from the Arab spring to the riots in London last year.

The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings

It must have the means within itself, the idea and the resources, to immediately seize power and assert a new order, one which Badiou declares must be communism. Adorno, Foucault and the Critique of the West. Trivia About The Rebirth of Hi I particularly enjoyed the connections Badiou makes between European revolutions of the 19th century and how they constituted a return of political agency, with the uprisings in the Arab World, echoed for some time around the world, which bring back hope in the resurgence of the liberating fo The perpetual optimist reads in the Arab Spring a return of emancipatory universalism.


Doesn’t go into theory too much. To ask other readers questions about The Rebirth of Historyplease sign up.

S-client dictators in Egypt and Tunisia. Latent riots are not literally riots at all but actions such as proxy strikes, in which people who do not work at a site picket for the rites of the workers while they work, or protests in which large cross-sections of workers come together and potentially have to confront the police.

Alain Badiou – – In Gabriel Riera ed. They usually have limited aims, such as blocking a particular neoliberal “reform”, and stop short of their full potential. Basically, nothing has changed. Last year’s London riots fall into the “immediate” category, histoey as they were by youth in their local area. rebitrh

The Rebirth of History

But the revolutions of proclaimed for a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action. Present a compelling analysis of global capitalism and the new wave of popular resistance movements that oppose it. This short book provides a useful synthesis of Badiou’s theoretical work with a contemporary event- the Arab spring.

Badiou relies on a Marxist-materialist notion of historical contradiction and struggle. Immediate riots are characterized by violent unrest amongst traditionally oppressed people in the histoyr in which they live after an act of coercion by the state. His writing is engaging and follows a clear system of thought which he illustrates with current examples.

I thought this book was interesting.

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