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Post-Marxism Versus Cultural StudiesTheory, Politics and Intervention$
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Paul Bowman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617623

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617623.001.0001

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– Theory versus Practice

– Theory versus Practice

(p.99) Three – Theory versus Practice
Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies

Paul Bowman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines some key ways in which post-Marxist and related intellectual work (such as that of Judith Butler and Richard Rorty) conceives of itself as intervention, pursuing the matter of how institutional intellectual work construes itself whenever it seeks to be or affect an intervention. It explores this by considering some exemplary encounters at the borders of post-Marxism that look at the heart of the problem. These encounters and accounts, the chapter argues, reveal the form, orientation, hopes, and often less-than-explicitly declared or avowed metaphysical rationales, fantasies and presuppositions of much theory about political practice. The chapter explores the way theory and practice are thought, examining the way that certain of Laclau’s key engagements with other approaches have been orientated, organised and executed.

Keywords:   post-Marxist, Judith Butler, Richard Rorty, institutional intellectual work, intervention, political practice, Laclau

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