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Franz Kafka on the (im)possibility of Law’s self-reflection
Gunther Teubner

each other – i.e. it is not a specific individual that stands ‘before the law’, but legal discourse, and the law for its part is not a generalised and distant authority, but (at a much more trivial level) the positive law of the land – then we have to address the question: What happens within the mysterious relationship between ‘Law AND law’ when that relationship is subjected to the

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
Human rights violations by ‘private’ transnational actors
Gunther Teubner

they are exposed without being able to control them. 32 Here, systems theory takes up theorems of social alienation from the social theory tradition and gives them a contemporary form. 33 At this point there are secret contacts with officially hostile theories: with Foucault's analyses of disciplinary power, Agamben's critique of political exclusion, Lyotard's theory of closed discourses and Derrida

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
Thomas Osborne

elements of some distinctions between modern cultural theory and other types of discourse such as cultural studies, cultural sociology and cultural anthropology; and also, more generally, to distinguish modern cultural theory from other ways of thinking about culture; the metatheoretical, the epochal or ‘culturological’, the anthropological, and the sociological. Then, reiterating some of the comments made in the introduction, we get on to our own sense of what modern cultural theory actually is, attempting – partly by way of Georg Simmel – to convey the antinomical idea

in The structure of modern cultural theory
Critical theory and the affective turn
Simon Mussell

of the term ‘affect’ is sufficient grounds to ignore it and proceed in the belief that it cannot have anything of import to contribute to leftist political discourse. Conversely, for some affect theorists it might appear anachronistic for me to utilize their analyses for the purposes of returning to social theories of the early to mid-​twentieth century. But my aim in this book is to show that affect theory and critical theory can be effectively brought into dialogue, especially with a view to bringing to light the potential blind spots and missed opportunities of

in Critical theory and feeling
Catherine Baker

–demographic spaces but not others (those ‘non-European’ ones are ascribed to ‘the Balkans’). This characteristic of ethnonational and socio-economic identity-making in south-east Europe reveals both the music and the discourses as part of a common post-Ottoman space (Buchanan (ed.) 2007 ). The break-up of Yugoslavia, meanwhile, enmeshed popular music in the same political processes of ethnic separation and marginalisation of social alternatives that operated throughout post-Yugoslav public spheres (Čolović 1994 ; Pettan (ed.) 1998b ; Gordy 1999 ). The powerful interventions in

in Race and the Yugoslav region
Postsocialist, post-conflict, postcolonial?
Author: Catherine Baker

This book explains theoretical work in postcolonial and postsocialist studies to offer a novel and distinctive insight into how Yugoslavia is configured by, and through, race. It presents the history of how ideas of racialised difference have been translated globally in Yugoslavia. The book provides a discussion on the critical race scholarship, global historical sociologies of 'race in translation' and south-east European cultural critique to show that the Yugoslav region is deeply embedded in global formations of race. It considers the geopolitical imagination of popular culture; the history of ethnicity; and transnational formations of race before and during state socialism, including the Non-Aligned Movement. The book also considers the post-Yugoslav discourses of security, migration, terrorism and international intervention, including the War on Terror and the refugee crisis. It elaborates how often-neglected aspects of the history of nationhood and migration reveal connections that tie the region into the global history of race. The book also explains the linkage between ethnic exclusivism and territory in the ethnopolitical logic of the Bosnian conflict and in the internationally mediated peace agreements that enshrined it: 'apartheid cartography'. Race and whiteness remained perceptible in post-war Bosnian identity discourses as new, open-ended forms of post-conflict international intervention developed.

Introduction Romani minorities belong to Europe's most visible minorities (Szalai and Schiff, 2014 ). In legal discourses, the concept of ‘visible minorities’ was associated with non-white migrants in settler states. For example, the Canadian Employment Equity Act ( 1995 ) defined members of visible minorities as ‘persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour’. Yet Romani minorities have been visible not only as migrants, but also as traditional minorities in their countries

in The Fringes of Citizenship
Rainer Forst in dialogue
Series: Critical Powers
Author: Rainer Forst

Rainer Forst's Toleration in Conflict (published in English 2013) is the most important historical and philosophical analysis of toleration of the past several decades. Reconstructing the entire history of the concept, it provides a forceful account of the tensions and dilemmas that pervade the discourse of toleration. In his lead essay for this volume, Forst revisits his work on toleration and situates it in relation to both the concept of political liberty and his wider project of a critical theory of justification. Interlocutors Teresa M. Bejan, Chandran Kukathas, John Horton, Daniel Weinstock, Melissa S. Williams, Patchen Markell and David Owen then critically examine Forst's reconstruction of toleration, his account of political liberty and the form of critical theory that he articulates in his work on such political concepts. The volume concludes with Forst’s reply to his critics.

Sal Renshaw

our bodies. (1991a: 15) Through Promethea’s embodied immediacy in the authorship of the text, Cixous highlights the fact that it is not hers but Promethea’s book, at the same time as she underscores the feminine aspect of this moment by emphasising its corporeality. This is the book of Promethea, written through the visceral experience of being with the other in love, and, contrary to masculine discourses of love, the site of love for Cixous is always the lived body. Consider one of her more provocative descriptions of loving Promethea. ‘I love you with all my

in The subject of love
School segregation of Romani children

been organised specifically for Roma so that they could ‘catch up’ and secure the same chances of inclusion through education as the majority population. I claim that the practice of segregation has been structured through the invisible edges of citizenship in such a way that it actively creates the fringes of citizenship. Placing Romani children in separate educational facilities contributes to the positioning of Roma on the fringes of citizenship. Besides analysing governmental discourses that legitimised segregation, I also look at the dissenting opinions of ECtHR

in The Fringes of Citizenship