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Introduction
A thousand contradictions
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This introduction presents the problematic of the avant garde in relation to postmodern culture and post-politics, both of which are premised on the notion that Marxist class struggle is outmoded in an age after the end of ideology. The prospects for a new theory of the avant garde, related to the existing practices of contemporary socially engaged art, are defined in terms of class analysis and psychoanalysis, with an emphasis on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Peter Bürger, Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. Avant-garde art is then related to revolutionary and communist politics. A closing section summarises the contents of the book.

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Vanguardia

Socially engaged art and theory

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