Party for the Revolution
Book Review

Principe, Michael

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/01/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23479

Review of Crowds and Party by Jodi Dean, a philosophical look at the crowd and the individual in revolutionary action.



Crowds and Party
By Jodi Dean
Verso, 2016, 276 pages, 26.95 cloth

Dean brings together a number of themes and concepts developed in a steady stream of publications over the last 20 years. These include collective subjectivity, democracy, contemporary capitalism, technologies of communication, psychoanalysis and communism.

In particular, Crowds and Party functions to deepen the analysis offered in The Communist Horizon (2012), itself a thorough engagement with the theoretical framework(s) leading up to and emergent from the important series of conferences dubbed "On the Idea of Communism" in London (2009), Berlin (2010), and New York (2011) initially inspired by philosopher Alain Badiou’s essay, "The Communist Hypothesis."
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