The ruling ideas : bourgeois political concepts /
- Publication info:
- Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2012.
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- The ruling ideas : bourgeois political concepts / Amy E. Wendling.
- Main Author:
- Wendling, Amy E., 1976-
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2012
"The concepts that organize our thinking wield, by virtue of this fact, a great deal of political power. This book looks at five concepts whose dominion has increased, steadily, during the bourgeois period of modernity: Labor, Time, Property, Value, and Crisis. These ruling ideas are central not only to many academic disciplines-- from philosophy and law to the political, social, and economic sciences-- but also to everyday life. These ruling ideas explain the cultural attitudes of boredom and multitasking, revealing the inescapable internalized consciousness of time that has become a mode of political domination. They also explain the terrifying environmental problem of privatized property in water and the terrifying humanitarian problem of privatized property in human bodies and body parts. Finally, they explain the affective dimensions of the housing crisis, and especially why capitalism cultivates the desire to own a home that is beyond one's means"--
- Physical Description:
xv, 132 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780739166000 (hardback)073916600X (hardback)9780739166024 (electronic)0739166026 (electronic)
Table of Contents
- Machine generated contents note: Introduction
- Chapter 1: Labor
- Political Ontology
- The Category Labor
- Labor1: Ontology of the Self
- Labor2: Historical Mode of Activity
- Labor3: Category of Capitalist Modernity
- Conclusion: On Work and Identity
- Chapter 2: Time
- Abstract Time as a System of Domination
- Bourgeois Temporal Norms
- Resistances to Temporal Domination
- Rebellions against Temporal Domination
- Complicity with Temporal Domination
- Conclusion: Social Class and Temporality
- Chapter 3: Property
- Bourgeois Property and Ownership
- Is Water Property?
- Is Your Body Property?
- Conclusion: Does Property Help or Harm Us?
- Chapter 4: Value
- Use Value, Bourgeois Value, and The Work of Retrieval
- The Paradox of Value
- Imagining Value
- On Aristotle, Adam Smith, and Karl Marx
- Conclusion: Labor's Exchange Value
- Chapter 5: Crisis
- Political Economy
- Recurrence of Crisis
- Fall in the Rate of Profit
- The 2008 Economic Crisis and the False Desire of Home Ownership
- Conclusion: Crisis Writ Large.