Title page for ETD etd-12022009-171138

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Nash, Matthew Austin
URN etd-12022009-171138
Title Interrogating post-Marxism: Laclau and Mouffe, Foucault, and Žižek
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lavin, Chad D. Committee Chair
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
Watson, R. Janell Committee Member
  • Slavoj Žižek
  • Michel Foucault
  • Ernesto Laclau
  • hegemony
  • ideology
  • post-Marxism
Date of Defense 2009-11-18
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According to Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, our postmodern era and its correlate political problematic requires a shift in positing socialist strategy. Their wager is that by shifting away from essentialist Marxism, and towards a post-Marxist theory of hegemony which they adapt from Gramsci, the analytic for overturning contemporary hegemony will take the form of a radical democratic politics. My contention is that in shifting away from essentialist Marxism through their post-structuralist deconstructive stance, Laclau and Mouffe overstep and make their analytic for socialist strategy impotent. In order to show where Laclau and Mouffe have gone wrong I use primarily the work of Michel Foucault and Slavoj Žižek in order to demonstrate how a post-structuralist theory of ideology need not be a post-Marxist theory of ideology.
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