Giraud, EHS and Aghassi-Isfahani, S-N (2020) Post-truths, Common Worlds, and Critical Politics: Critiquing Bruno Latour's Renewed Critique of Critique. Cultural Politics. ISSN 1743-2197

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The emergence of so-called post-truth politics saw popular calls to return to the ‘facts’ clash with humanities and social science work which maintains a commitment to situated knowledge: as crystallised by prominent attacks upon gender studies, postcolonial theory, and feminist science and technology studies. This paper intervenes in debates that arose in response to these developments, with a focus on the promising “third path” proposed in Bruno Latour’s recent work. The paper argues that although Latour’s examination of the relationship between populism and environmental politics is critically important, the renewed “critique of critique” that accompanies his call to reclaim common worlds is dangerous. In particular, this re-articulated critique runs the risk of consecrating the marginalization of precisely the perspectives that are most under attack in the contemporary political moment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Duke University Press. This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) will be available online via Duke University Press at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: post-truth, Bruno Latour, populism, critique, feminist science studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2019 08:27
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 08:00

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