Focusing on the works of Hannah Arendt, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Jacques Ranciere, 'Space, Politics and Aesthetics' reveals the aesthetic premises that underlie their political thinking, and demonstrates how their conceptualisations of politics depend on the construction and apprehension of worlds through spatial forms and distributions. Mustafa Dikec explores these dimensions of the political and argues that politics is about forms of perceiving the world and modes of relating to it, with space as a form of appearance and a mode of actuality, and the disruption of such forms and modes as the sublime element in politics.
Mustafa Dikec is Professor at the Ecole d'urbanisme de Paris. He is the author of 'Badlands of the Republic: Space, Politics and Urban Policy' (2007, Blackwell), and co-editor of 'Extending Hospitality: Giving Space, Taking Time' (2009, Edinburgh University Press). He is currently working on a book on urban revolts, 'Urban Rage' (Yale University Press), and completing a research project on the politics of time in 19th-century Paris.
Acknowledgements; 1. Politics and the spatial imagination; 2. Politics of aesthetics; 3. Politics for beginners; 4. Politics in-common; 5. Politics for equals; 6. The sublime element in politics; Bibliography; Index