Alter politics critical anthropology and the radical imagination

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Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imagination by Ghassan Hage

This book is a contribution to a long history of critical writing against an increasingly destructive global order marked by an excessive instrumentalisation, exploitation and degradation of the human and non-human environment, and ridden with unacceptable, but also, importantly, avoidable, forms of inequality, injustice and marginalisation.

Alter-Politics is concerned with the way anthropological critical writing in particular aims to weave oppositional concerns (anti-politics) with a search for alternatives (alter-politics): alternative economies, alternative modes of inhabiting and relating to the earth, alternative modes of thinking and experiencing otherness.

If Alter-Politics privileges alter-politics over oppositional politics, it is not because, as is made clear, the alter moment is more important than the anti. It is because a concern for alter-politics has been less prevalent. The question of political passion is crucial in this conception of the alter-political. For the book argues that it is because radical political passion has been mostly directed towards anti-politics that it has come to dominate over alter-politics. This does not simply mean that political passion needs to be equally directed towards alter-politics. It also means that this passion itself needs to be a radically different kind of political passion once so directed. It is this alter-political passion that Hage strives to create a space for throughout Alter-Politics.
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Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imagination

National Library of Australia. Search the catalogue for collection items held by the National Library of Australia. Hage, Ghassan. Alter-politics : critical anthropology and the radical imagination. This book is a contribution to the long history of critical writing against an increasingly destructive global order marked by excessive exploitation and degradation of the environment, and ridden with unacceptable, but also, importantly, avoidable, forms of inequality and injustice.

Ghassan Hage. This book is a contribution to a long history of critical writing against an increasingly destructive global order marked by an excessive instrumentalisation, exploitation and degradation of the human and non-human environment, and ridden with unacceptable, but also, importantly, avoidable, forms of inequality, injustice and marginalisation. Alter-Politics is concerned with the way anthropological critical writing in particular aims to weave oppositional concerns anti-politics with a search for alternatives alter-politics : alternative economies, alternative modes of inhabiting and relating to the earth, alternative modes of thinking and experiencing otherness. If Alter-Politics privileges alter-politics over oppositional politics, it is not because, as is made clear, the 'alter' moment is more important than the 'anti'. It is because a concern for alter-politics has been less prevalent. The question of 'political passion' is crucial in this conception of the alter-political.

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  2. He has held many visiting professorships around the world including at Harvard and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

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