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End of Politics: Corporate Power and the Decline of the Public Sphere

by Carl Boggs Guilford Publications
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Pbk 310 pages
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'Presents a comprehensive analysis of the decline of American politics at a time when, as Boggs argues, politics is needed more than ever.' --- Political Science Quarterly 'Boggs offers a fascinating analysis of a multitude of contemporary escapes from the political sphere.' --- The Bloomsbury Review 'This book demonstrates the massive decline in engagement with public issues that has taken place in the U.S. in recent decades, and shows the danger that this poses to democracy. Boggs traces the common thread of anti-politics in a series of contemporary tendencies, from movements of the Right to academic postmodernism. This is a thoughtful, courageous, and important book.' --- Barbara Epstein, University of California, Santa Cruz Why do so many Americans feel that politics has become irrelevant to their daily lives? Why is there so little public discussion of important social issues, despite unprecedented access to mass media and new communication technologies? This book delves beneath the sound bites and news headlines to explore the ongoing process of depoliticization in the United States. Attuned to the many contemporary trends eroding the public sphere, Carl Boggs illuminates the American retreat to an eerily privatized landscape of shopping malls, gated communities, new-age fads, rural militias, isolated computer terminals, and postmodern intellectual discourse. Yet Boggs maintains hope that current trends can be reversed, issuing an eloquent call for revitalizing politics, culture, and civic society. The paperback concludes with a new postscript on the movement against corporate globalization and the tumultuous presidential election of 2000. Audience: General readers: professors and students of political science, sociology, American studies, and U.S. history. Contents: Introduction 1. The Depoliticized Society 2. Social Crisis and Political Decay 3. Corporate Expansion and Political Decline 4. Rise and Decline of the Public Sphere 5. Antipolitics Left and Right 6. Political Power and Its Discontents 7. The Postmodern Impasse · Conclusion: A Revival of Politics? · Postscript: The Year 2000 · Postscript to the Paperback Edition: Economic Globalization and Political Atrophy

Introduction1. The Depoliticized Society2. Social Crisis and Political Decay3. Corporate Expansion and Political Decline4. Rise and Decline of the Public Sphere5. Antipolitics Left and Right6. Political Power and Its Discontents7. The Postmodern ImpasseConclusion: A Revival of Politics?Postscript: The Year 2000Postscript to the Paperback Edition: Economic Globalization and Political Atrophy

"Boggs offers a fascinating analysis of a multitude of contemporary escapes from the political sphere."
Carl Boggs is the author of numerous books in the fields of contemporary social and political theory, European politics, and popular movements, including The Two Revolutions: Antonio Gramsci and the Dilemmas of Western Marxism (1984), Social Movements and Political Power (1986), Intellectuals and the Crisis of Modernity (1993), and The Socialist Tradition (1996). He has taught at UCLA, USC, and Washington University in St. Louis. For the past 12 years he has been professor of social sciences at National University in Los Angeles.