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Aesthetics and Political Culture in Modern Society

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Do aesthetic appeals to senses and emotions in political debate necessarily marginalise
political reason and reduce citizens to consumers – thus dangerously
undermining democracy? Or is sensuous-emotional
engagement, on the contrary,
a basic fact of the political process and a crucial precondition for revitalising
democracy?
Aesthetics and Political Culture in Modern Society investigates the current
interrelationship between aesthetic practice and political practice in Western
democracies, focusing on its impact on democratic political culture. Henrik
Kaare Nielsen argues that aesthetic interventions in the political process do not
by definition undermine politics’ content of reason. Instead, a differentiation
must be made between a multiplicity of aesthetic forms of intervention – some
of which tend to weaken the political judgement of citizens while other forms
tend to stimulate competent judgement.
This book will be of interest to scholars in the fields of political science, sociology,
media studies, and cultural studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages148
ISBN (Print)978-0-8153-5642-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-351-12318-1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2018
SeriesRoutledge Innovations in Political Theory
Number81

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