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Simon Mussell

4 Expectant emotion and the politics of hope ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers. –​Emily Dickinson Without feathers. –​ Woody Allen On 13 March 1956, Max Horkheimer, in conversation with his friend and ­collaborator Theodor Adorno, made the following remark: ‘I do not believe that things will turn out well, but the idea that they might is of decisive importance.’ This double movement of thought, an open dialectic that abjures the false choice between optimism and pessimism, registers one of the core motivating affects of critical theory: hope. Indeed, there are

in Critical theory and feeling
First Signs, Speech Day, The Gamekeeper, Tom Kite, The Price of Coal
David Forrest and Sue Vice

2 The politics of hope in 1970s Britain First Signs, Speech Day, The Gamekeeper, Tom Kite, The Price of Coal In this chapter, we focus on a period of extremely fruitful aesthetic production for Hines, in terms of the novels and screenplays that followed A Kestrel for a Knave. During the 1970s, Hines’s political energies were directed towards considering the institutions and structures of life at a time of active struggle for workers’ rights. Thus industrial action is apparent in First Signs (1972) on the part of its increasingly radicalised protagonist, who is

in Barry Hines
The affective politics of the early Frankfurt School
Author: Simon Mussell

This book offers a unique and timely reading of the early Frankfurt School in response to the recent 'affective turn' within the arts and humanities. It revisits some of the founding tenets of critical theory in the context of the establishment of the Institute for Social Research in the early twentieth century. The book focuses on the work of Walter Benjamin, whose varied engagements with the subject of melancholia prove to be far more mobile and complex than traditional accounts. It also looks at how an affective politics underpins critical theory's engagement with the world of objects, exploring the affective politics of hope. Situating the affective turn and the new materialisms within a wider context of the 'post-critical', it explains how critical theory, in its originary form, is primarily associated with the work of the Frankfurt School. The book presents an analysis of Theodor Adorno's form of social critique and 'conscious unhappiness', that is, a wilful rejection of any privatized or individualized notion of happiness in favour of a militant and political discontent. A note on the timely reconstruction of early critical theory's own engagements with the object world via aesthetics and mimesis follows. The post-Cold War triumphalism of many on the right, accompanied by claims of the 'end of history', created a sense of fearlessness, righteousness, and unfettered optimism. The book notes how political realism has become the dominant paradigm, banishing utopian impulses and diminishing political hopes to the most myopic of visions.

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Once more, with feeling
Simon Mussell

conceptualize and experience objects. As a result, a key distinction is drawn between today’s avowedly post-​critical, non-​humanist ontologists on one side, and the critical proto-​humanism that motivates the early Frankfurt School on the other. Chapter 4 explores the affective politics of hope. I begin by surveying the ways in which historical events and their narrativization –​both on the right and on the left –​have (re)produced certain ideological positions and affective dispositions. The post-​Cold War triumphalism of many on the right, accompanied by claims of the ‘end

in Critical theory and feeling
A new church for the unhoused
Michael Cronin

economist, the tendency is for critique to transform itself into the self-​hatred of powerlessness. A  more radical move is embrace a politics of hope that involves saying not ‘No’, but ‘Yes’. ‘Yes’ to a better, fairer, more sustainable society. It is obvious that Irish society, like many other societies in the age of the Anthropocene –​human-​induced climate change –​is at a decisive moment. The decisions taken now will affect not just the next few years but the fate of the island in this century and beyond.The ecological ‘crisis’ is not a passing moment but a permanent

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism
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Kes, Threads and beyond
Authors: David Forrest and Sue Vice

The importance of environment in Barry Hines's writing means that insight into his background and the journey to his writing career introduces people to the recurrent preoccupations of his work. Much of the literary reception of Hines's work places him within a canon of working-class writing. This book is the first academic account of Barry Hines's work. It traces the roots of Barry Hines's literary mode of poetic realism in those works of the 1960s that preceded A Kestrel for a Knave. The literary promise Hines showed in The Blinder led to the filming of his novel A Kestrel for a Knave as Kes. The book focuses on a period of extremely fruitful aesthetic production for Hines. It also traces the aesthetic and political effects of the early years of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government on Hines's writing. The archival history of Threads' drafts and production reveals the nature of its symbolic and factual relation to British politics in this era and how its mingling of documentary and dramatic tropes took shape. Looks and Smiles marked the end of Barry Hines's career-defining collaboration with Ken Loach. The exceptionally divisive events of the miners' strike of 1984-1985 had an acute effect on Hines's writing, just as they did on the terrain and communities of the South Yorkshire that he invariably depicts. The book explores the interconnected issues of class, space and place in Hines's writing, and the practice and purpose of working-class film, television and literature.

Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

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An outline of Trumpian psychotechnics
Paul K. Jones

, ‘Fear and Gloating in Cincinnati’, The Washington Post , 2 August (2019). One of the few academic studies that focus on the rallies to date regrettably moves from a Kazin-like hostility to social psychological framings: Stephen Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam, ‘The Politics of Hope: Donald Trump as an Entrepreneur of Identity’, in Why Irrational Politics Appeals: Understanding the Allure of Trump , ed. Mari Fitzduff (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, 2017). In contrast, Kellner's early, and subsequently updated, ‘Frommian Analysis’ highlighted the rallies: Douglas

in Critical theory and demagogic populism
Making and disrupting identity
Christine Agius and Dean Keep

: State, Identity and the Security Dilemma.” European Journal of International Relations 12 (3): 341–70. Mole, R. 2007. “Discursive Identities/Identity Discourses and Political Power.” In Discursive Constructions of Identity in European Politics, edited by R. Mole, 1–24. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Moran, M. 2015. Identity and Capitalism. London: Sage. Parekh, B. 2008. A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Reicher, S. and S. Haslam. 2016. “The Politics of Hope: Donald Trump as an Entrepreneur of

in The politics of identity
Young people, subjectivity and revolutionary border imaginations in the Mediterranean borderscape
Chiara Brambilla

out, the fact that imagination should be regarded as a social practice and reinstated as the focus of social projects and sociocultural activities. Thus, it is worth moving from a rendering of the Mediterranean as a space of crisis to a new outlook where it is regarded as a space of political creativity, as a space in which it may also be possible to cultivate a ‘politics of hope’ (Appadurai, 2013 ) – that is to say, a politics of possibilities to come. Embodying the Mediterranean borderscape where they live, Tunisian and Italian youths in

in Border images, border narratives