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New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics

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ISBN 10: 0822347725 / ISBN 13: 9780822347729
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2010. Paperback. Leading cultural and political theorists argue that any account of experience, agency, and political action demands attention to the urgent issues of our own material existence and environment. Editor(s): Coole, Diana H.; Frost, Samantha. Num Pages: 352 pages. BIC Classification: JPA. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 234 x 156 x 21. Weight in Grams: 508. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780822347729

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Title: New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and ...

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Binding: Soft cover

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New Materialisms brings into focus and explains the significance of the innovative materialist critiques that are emerging across the social sciences and humanities. By gathering essays that exemplify the new thinking about matter and processes of materialization, this important collection shows how scholars are reworking older materialist traditions, contemporary theoretical debates, and advances in scientific knowledge to address pressing ethical and political challenges. In the introduction, Diana Coole and Samantha Frost highlight common themes among the distinctive critical projects that comprise the new materialisms. The continuities they discern include a posthumanist conception of matter as lively or exhibiting agency, and a reengagement with both the material realities of everyday life and broader geopolitical and socioeconomic structures.

Coole and Frost argue that contemporary economic, environmental, geopolitical, and technological developments demand new accounts of nature, agency, and social and political relationships; modes of inquiry that privilege consciousness and subjectivity are not adequate to the task. New materialist philosophies are needed to do justice to the complexities of twenty-first-century biopolitics and political economy, because they raise fundamental questions about the place of embodied humans in a material world and the ways that we produce, reproduce, and consume our material environment.


Contributors
Sara Ahmed
Jane Bennett
Rosi Braidotti
Pheng Cheah
Rey Chow
William E. Connolly
Diana Coole
Jason Edwards
Samantha Frost
Elizabeth Grosz
Sonia Kruks
Melissa A. Orlie

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"This is a strong and timely collection, one that could very well direct future discussions of the 'new materialisms' toward an experimental, process-oriented, and politically-engaged 'new ontology.'"--Ellen Rooney, Brown University

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