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Dislocation in Context

Norval, AJ and Mijnssen, I (2009) 'Dislocation in Context.' In: Casula, P and Perovic, J, (eds.) Identities and Politics During the Putin Presidency: The Foundations of Russia's Stability. Soviet and Post Soviet Politics and Society . Ibidem-Verlag, 39 - 46. ISBN 9783838200156

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''Dislocation' is a central term in Ernesto Laclau's theory of discourse. However, the term raises the following questions: To what extent is dislocation part of any identity? What is the relation between dislocation and antagonism? What rote does an outside without access to representation play? How do discourses act as compensation for dislocations? These questions will be answered in the context of Russian politics and identity. The main interest here lies in establishing how the category of dislocation can be put to work in relation to a concrete political analysis. Although Laclau situates the category at an ontological level, it can only really come to life, and the complexities associated with it become visible, once it is deployed ontically, in the analysis of a specific political conjuncture. This requires a political analysis of available discourses and counter-discourses that is historically sensitive and informed, and is able to place events and dislocations into the context of larger trajectories of political imaginaries and their associated forms of subjective identification.'

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2013 12:54
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:55

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