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Communities of Sense: Rethinking Aesthetics and Politics


reviewed by Tyson E. Lewis — December 15, 2009

coverTitle: Communities of Sense: Rethinking Aesthetics and Politics
Author(s): Beth Hinderliter, Vered Maimon, Jaleh Mansoor, and Seth McCormick (eds.)
Publisher: Duke University Press, Durham
ISBN: 0822345137, Pages: 384, Year: 2009
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The edited volume entitled Communities of Sense: Rethinking Aesthetics and Politics is a provocative and wide ranging exploration of Jacques Ranciere’s (2006) controversial assertion that “politics is aesthetic in principle” (p. 58).  Although focusing largely on the discipline of art history, Communities also has a broad appeal for those interested in the connections between aesthetic philosophy, social theory, and art practices.  Bookended with provocative essays by Ranciere and Etienne Balibar, the collection offers new insights into contemporary art, aesthetic theory, global citizenship, postcolonialism, architecture, and film studies.  Just as Ranciere’s own writings encourage interdisciplinary hybridization that challenge canonical divisions between disciplines, so too the form of Communities embodies this fundamental political and scholarly commitment.   For the North American audience, Ranciere has recently become something of an academic superstar.  With celebrated publications such as The Politics of Aesthetics, Hatred of Democracy, The Future of the Image, and The Emancipated Spectator, Ranciere’s... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 15, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15873, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:48:22 PM

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  • Tyson Lewis
    Montclair State University
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    TYSON E. LEWIS is an assistant professor of educational philosophy at Montclair State University. His research interests include aesthetics, critical pedagogy, biopolitics, and critical theory in education. Recently, his work has appeared in journals such as Educational Theory, Studies in Philosophy of Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Theory and Event, Historical Materialism, and Rethinking Marxism. He is also completing a book manuscript entitled Education Out of Bounds: Reimagining Cultural Studies for a Posthumanist Age (Palgrave).
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