Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Public Things Democracy in Disrepair In the contemporary world of neoliberalism efficiency is treated as the vehicle of political and economic health State bureaucracy but not corporate bureaucracy is seen as inefficient and privatiz

  • Title: Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair
  • Author: Bonnie Honig
  • ISBN: 9780823276417
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the contemporary world of neoliberalism, efficiency is treated as the vehicle of political and economic health.State bureaucracy, but not corporate bureaucracy, is seen as inefficient, and privatization is seen as a magic cure for social ills In Public Things Democracy in Disrepair, Bonnie Honig asks whether democracy is possible in the absence of public services, spIn the contemporary world of neoliberalism, efficiency is treated as the vehicle of political and economic health.State bureaucracy, but not corporate bureaucracy, is seen as inefficient, and privatization is seen as a magic cure for social ills In Public Things Democracy in Disrepair, Bonnie Honig asks whether democracy is possible in the absence of public services, spaces, and utilities In other words, if neoliberalism leaves to democracy merely electoral majoritarianism and procedures of deliberation while divesting democratic states of their ownership of public things, what will the impact be Following Tocqueville, who extolled the virtues of pursuing in common the objects of common desires, Honig focuses not on the demos but on the objects of democratic life Democracy, as she points out, postulates public things infrastructure, monuments, libraries that citizens use, care for, repair, and are gathered up by To be gathered up refers to the work of D W Winnicott, the object relations psychoanalyst who popularized the idea of transitional objects the toys, teddy bears, or favorite blankets by way of which infants come to understand themselves as unified selves with an inside and an outside in relation to others The wager of Public Things is that the work transitional objects do for infants is analogously performed for democratic citizens by public things, which press us into object relations with others and with ourselves.Public Things attends also to the historically racial character of public things public lands taken from indigenous peoples, access to public goods restricted to white majorities Drawing on Hannah Arendt, who saw how things fabricated by humans lend stability to the human world, Honig shows how Arendt and Winnicott both theorists of livenesss underline the material and psychological conditions necessary for object permanence and the reparative work needed for a egalitarian democracy.

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    1. Honing builds her case in lecture one and develops a theoretical framework in lecture 2 then views a Critical historian and a filmmaker through this framework in lecture 3. For Honig, she doesn't put a definition to what a public thing is, however, I found that she does acknowledge in Lecture 3 that what makes a public thing is something that allows for imagination. For Honig public things are not fixed. A very engaging text as Honig is brining in the theories of an unlikely pair between Arendt [...]

    2. To speak of democracy, so the story goes, is to speak of the demos - the people - for whom and by which politics takes place. But what of the people’s Things? The ‘things’ of the public around which we coalesce, and through which our worlds are constructed? Monuments, roads, rivers, and light - shared things, public things. Do these have a life simply incidental to democracy, or do they stand instead among it's necessary conditions, a landscape through which its vital powers are channele [...]

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