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Are We Really in an Age of Riots?

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An Interview with Alain Badiou

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The interview that follows revisits some of the theses developed by Alain Badiou concerning the revolts of the Arab Spring in his 2011 book Le Réveil de l’Histoire in light of subsequent events. The interview touches on a number of themes, including the relation between recent revolts and the on-going global economic crisis, and the way the reconfiguration of global value circuits impacts upon both tactical and strategic questions for rioters in Europe, North America and beyond. It also examines the way an analysis of the class composition of those involved in contemporary mass movements offers keys to understanding their failures and successes.

Affiliations: 1: Art Center College of DesignPasadena,


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1. Badiou Alain Le Réveil de l’Histoire 2011 Paris Éditions Lignes
2. Badiou Alain Elliot Gregory The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings 2012 London Verso
3. Comité Invisible L’insurrection qui vient 2007 Paris Les éditions La Fabrique
4. Hazan Éric La barricade: Histoire d’un objet révolutionnaire 2013 Paris Éditions Autrement
5. The Invisible Committee The Coming Insurrection 2009 Los Angeles Semiotext(e)

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