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The Political Forms of Modern Society

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Claude Lefort is one of the leading social and political theorists in France today. This volume makes his writing widely available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. With exceptional skill Lefort combines the analysis of contemporary political events with a sensitivity to the history of political thought. His critical account of the development of bureaucracy and totalitarianism in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe is a timely contribution to current debates about the nature and shortcomings of these societies. His incisive analyses of Marx's theory of history and concept of ideology provide the backcloth for a highly original account of the role of symbolism in modern societies. While critical of many traditional assumptions and doctrines, Lefort develops a political position based on a reappraisal of the idea of human rights and a reconsideration of what democracy' means today. The Political Forms of Modern Society' will be recognized as a major contribution to social and political theory. The volume includes a substantial introduction which describes the context of Lefort's writings and highlights the central themes of his work.

This soft cover book is in good condition but page ends and top are grubby and there is an inked name on the first title page.

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Author(s):
Lefort, Claude
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1986
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0745601103
ISBN-13:
9780745601106
Number of pages:
342
Publisher:
Polity

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Claude Lefort is one of the leading social and political theorists in France today. This volume makes his writing widely available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. With exceptional skill Lefort combines the analysis of contemporary political events with a sensitivity to the history of political thought. His critical account of the development of bureaucracy and totalitarianism in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe is a timely contribution to current debates about the nature and shortcomings of these societies. His incisive analyses of Marx's theory of history and concept of ideology provide the backcloth for a highly original account of the role of symbolism in modern societies. While critical of many traditional assumptions and doctrines, Lefort develops a political position based on a reappraisal of the idea of human rights and a reconsideration of what democracy' means today. The Political Forms of Modern Society' will be recognized as a major contribution to social and political theory. The volume includes a substantial introduction which describes the context of Lefort's writings and highlights the central themes of his work.

This soft cover book is in good condition but page ends and top are grubby and there is an inked name on the first title page.

Author(s):
Lefort, Claude
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1986
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0745601103
ISBN-13:
9780745601106
Number of pages:
342
Publisher:
Polity

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