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Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary

Chiara Bottici


Between the radical, creative capacity of our imagination and the social imaginary we are immersed in is an intermediate space philosophers have termed the imaginal, populated by images or (re)presentations that are presences in themselves. Offering a new, systematic understanding of the imaginal and its nexus with the political, this text brings fresh perspective to the formation of political and power relationships and the paradox of a world rich in imagery yet seemingly devoid of imagination. The book begins by defining the difference between the imaginal and the imaginary, locating the ima ... More

Keywords: social imaginary, imaginal, representative democracy, globalization, politics, new media, global society, legitimacy, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231157780
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chiara Bottici, author
The New School for Social Research