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Hope and hopelessness: A dialogue

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Abstract:

This article is a critical dialogue between Lisa Duggan and Jose Esteban Munoz that meditates on questions of public feelings and politics. The authors approach hope and hopelessness as a dialectical formation, ultimately calling for both a critical modality of hope and insisting on the political necessity of engaging feelings of hopelessness that do not simply lead to complacency. The essay melds social theory with concepts from the psychological.

Keywords: Ernst Bloch; Melanie Klein; Paolo Virno; W.R. Bion; complacency; depressive position; hope; hopelessness; paranoid/schizoid position; public feelings

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07407700903064946

Affiliations: 1: Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, New York, USA 2: Performance Studies, New York University, New York, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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