Where Are Jacques and Ernesto When You Need Them? Rancière and Laclau on Populism, Experts and Contingency

Claviez, Thomas (2019). Where Are Jacques and Ernesto When You Need Them? Rancière and Laclau on Populism, Experts and Contingency. Philosophy & social criticism, 45(9-10), pp. 1132-1143. Sage 10.1177/0191453719872295

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The response of academic intellectuals and political elites to populism is very often characterized by a mixture between outright disgust and helpless perplexity. This cannot come as a surprise, since the one thing that left and right populism have in common is that they consider the elites their enemy. The essay argues that the choice the elites have is either to openly voice their contempt for the uneducated masses, or to help educate them. However, as the contributions of Ernesto Laclau and Jacques Ranci`ere on the topic show, this is more easily said than done. Moreover, to simply discard right-wing populism on the basis of its racist endencies often simply serves to deflect the focus away from the legitimate grievances of those who follow – or ‘fall for’ – populist parties.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Literary Theory

UniBE Contributor:

Claviez, Thomas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 190 Modern western philosophy
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

ISSN:

0191-4537

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Claviez

Date Deposited:

18 Dec 2019 16:49

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2019 16:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0191453719872295

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135617

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