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The End of Politics

Corporate Power and the Decline of the Public Sphere

By Carl Boggs

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Format: Paperback, 310 pages, Revised Edition
Published In: United States, 25 October 2001
Perhaps the most enduring legacy of the Clinton impeachment saga will be the outpourings of disgust and pessimism it has evoked from Americans of all ages and walks of life. Yet our national disaffection with politics is nothing new. Voter turnout has declined alarmingly in recent elections, and many complain about the inaccessibility, corruption and hypocrisy of political actors and institutions. This book delves beneath the sound bites and news headlines to explore the ongoing process of depoliticization in the United States. Boggs provides a panoramic view of the US contemporary political, economic, and technological scene. He shows how the effects of free-market ideology and corporate greed have undermined civic participation and democratic decision-making, while exacerbating social and ecological crises. The book illuminates the American retreat to an eerily privatized landscape of shopping malls, gated communities, new-age and utopian groups, identity-based movements, and postmodern intellectual enclaves. It issues an eloquent call for revitalizing politics and rebuilding civic society.

Table of Contents

The depoliticized society; social crisis and political decay; corporate expansion and political decline; rise and decline of the public sphere; anti-politics left and right; political power and its discontents; the postmodern impasse. Conclusion - a revival of politics?

About the Author

Carl Boggs is the author of numerous books in the fields of contemporary social and political theory, European politics, and popular movements, including The Two Revolutions: Antonio Gramsci and the Dilemmas of Western Marxism (1984), Social Movements and Political Power (1986), Intellectuals and the Crisis of Modernity (1993), and The Socialist Tradition (1996). He has taught at UCLA, USC, and Washington University in St. Louis. For the past 12 years he has been professor of social sciences at National University in Los Angeles.

Reviews

'Presents a comprehensive analysis of the decline of American politics at a time when, as Boggs argues, politics is needed more than ever.' - Political Science Quarterly; 'Boggs offers a fascinating analysis of a multitude of contemporary escapes from the political sphere.' - The Bloomsbury Review; 'This book demonstrates the massive decline in engagement with public issues that has taken place in the US in recent decades, and shows the danger that this poses to democracy. Boggs traces the common thread of anti-politics in a series of contemporary tendencies, from movements of the Right to academic postmodernism. This is a thoughtful, courageous, and important book.' - Barbara Epstein, University of California, Santa Cruz

EAN: 9781572305045
ISBN: 1572305045
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Dimensions: 20.78 x 17.48 x 2.26 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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