Alex Williams

  • How can we understand power in a world of ever-growing complexity? This book proposes that we can do so by rethinking the theory and practice of political hegemony through the resources of complexity theory. Taking Gramsci's understanding of hegemony as its starting point, the book argues that the intricacies of contemporary power can be mapped by applying concepts drawn from complexity theory, such as emergence, self-organisation, metastability, and generative entrenchment. It develops an original account of social complexity, drawing upon critical realist sociology, analytic philosophy of science, Marxist and continental philosophies, and neoliberal and anarchist thought. It then draws out the elements of Gramscian hegemony that already align with complexity concepts, such as the balance of forces, common sense, and the historic bloc. On this basis, the book sets out the different dimensions of complex hegemonic power before using this theory to interpret the nature of the power of neoliberalism since 2008.

  • Anglais THE TALENT THIEF

    Alex Williams

    Orphans Adam and Cressida Bloom couldn't be less alike. Adam can't seem to help being ordinary whereas Cressida, his sister, has a magnificent talent - when she sings, even the birds stop to listen. Then Cressida is invited to perform at Fortescue's festival. But, once the children arrive, their terrific talents begin to mysteriously disappear.

  • « Le néolibéralisme ne fonctionne pas. L'austérité enfonce des millions de personnes dans la pauvreté et plus encore dans le travail précaire, alors que la gauche reste piégée dans des pratiques politiques stagnantes qui n'offrent aucun répit.
    Inventer l'avenir est un nouveau manifeste audacieux pour une vie après le capitalisme. Contre la vision confuse de notre monde high-tech par les partis de droite ou de gauche, ce livre convoque des possibilités émancipatrices d'un futur proche qui peuvent encore être revendiquées. Loin de fuir un avenir complexe, Nick Srnicek et Alex Williams exigent une économie postcapitaliste capable d'améliorer le niveau de vie, de libérer l'humanité du travail et de développer des technologies qui élargissent nos libertés. »

  • Wealthy orphans Adam and Cressida Bloom couldn't be less alike. Adam seems to be ordinary whereas Cressida, his sister, has a talent - when she sings, even the birds stop to listen. Then Cressida is invited to perform at Fortescue's festival of young talents. But once the children arrive at the festival, their talents begin to disappear.

  • Peace operations remain a principal tool for managing armed conflict and protecting civilians. The fully revised, expanded and updated third edition of Understanding Peacekeeping provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the theory, history, and politics of peace operations. Drawing on a dataset of nearly two hundred historical and contemporary missions, this book evaluates the changing characteristics of the contemporary international environment in which peace operations are deployed, the strategic purposes peace operations are intended to achieve, and the major challenges facing today's peacekeepers. All the chapters have been revised and updated, and five new chapters have been added - on stabilization, organized crime, exit strategies, force generation, and the use of force. Part 1 summarizes the central concepts and issues related to peace operations. Part 2 charts the historical development of peacekeeping, from 1945 through to 2020. Part 3 analyses the strategic purposes that United Nations and other peace operations are intended to achieve - namely, prevention, observation, assistance, enforcement, stabilization, and administration. Part 4 looks forward and examines the central challenges facing today's peacekeepers: force generation, the regionalization and privatization of peace operations, the use of force, civilian protection, gender issues, policing and organized crime, and exit strategies.

  • This book examines the reception of British Romanticism in India and East Asia (including China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan). Building on recent scholarship on "Global Romanticism", it develops a reciprocal, cross-cultural model of scholarship, in which "Asian Romanticism" is recognized as itself an important part of the Romantic literary tradition. It explores the connections between canonical British Romantic authors (including Austen, Blake, Byron, Shelley, and Wordsworth) and prominent Asian writers (including Natsume Soseki, Rabindranath Tagore, and Xu Zhimo). The essays also challenge Eurocentric assumptions about reception and periodization, exploring how, since the early nineteenth century, British Romanticism has been creatively adapted and transformed by Asian writers.

  • Ce que le manifeste accélérationniste nous propose, c'est d'inventer un avenir qui soit plus moderne, et d'une modernité alternative que le néolibéralisme est intrinsèquement incapable d'engendrer.


    L'actualité éditoriale des essais politiques nous offre rarement des textes qui véritablement surprennent, bouleversent, interrogent.

    Il y en a encore moins qui ne soient pas simplement l'expression de la philosophie politique d'un auteur, mais qui s'inscrivent de plain-pied dans la dimension collective des luttes et de la pensée critique d'une époque.

    C'est la raison d'être et la force de Accélérons ! manifeste pour une politique accélérationniste de Nick Srnicek et Alex Williams.

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