ABSTRACT

The Politics of Imagination offers a multidisciplinary perspective on the contemporary relationship between politics and the imagination. What role does our capacity to form images play in politics? And can we define politics as a struggle for people’s imagination? As a result of the increasingly central place of the media in our lives, the political role of imagination has undergone a massive quantitative and a qualitative change. As such, there has been a revival of interest in the concept of imagination, as the intimate connections between our capacity to form images and politics becomes more and more evident. Bringing together scholars from different disciplines and theoretical outlooks, The Politics of Imagination examines how the power of imagination reverberates in the various ambits of social and political life: in law, history, art, gender, economy, religion and the natural sciences. And it will be of considerable interest to those with contemporary interests in philosophy, political philosophy, political science, legal theory, gender studies, sociology, nationalism, identity studies, cultural studies, and media studies.

chapter |15 pages

Introduction

ByCHIARA BOTTICI, BENOÎT CHALLAND

chapter 2|17 pages

Politics at its best: reasons that move the imagination

ByALESSANDRO FERRARA

chapter 4|13 pages

From soul to mind: psychology and political imagination

ByADRIANO BUGLIANI

chapter 5|23 pages

Imagination, imaginary and the bioeconomic turn of cognitive capitalism

ByLAURA BAZZICALUPO

chapter 7|18 pages

Politics and the Messianic imagination

ByARMANDO SALVATORE

chapter 9|16 pages

Modern politics and the historical imaginary

ByHAYDEN WHITE

chapter 11|19 pages

Feminist imagination: the aesthetic role of critique and representation

ByMARÍA PÍA LARA

chapter 12|20 pages

Visual studies and global imagination

BySUSAN BUCK - MORSS