Chiara Bottici's influential work on imaginal politics has provided a rich theoretical framework and incisive critical analysis with which to engage the contemporary world. Rethinking the image as a pictorial space of political activity located between the poles of the creative imagination of the self and social imaginary significations of the social collective, her work has provided a critical new resource not only in the academy, but for activists as well. This collection of essays by leading scholars debates Bottici's account of imaginal politics from inter-disciplinary perspectives, ranging from critical theory and political philosophy, to psychoanalysis, and sociology. It provides the first systematic and interdisciplinary engagement with the imaginal field. The book is a must-read for all scholars interested in debates on the political, social transformation, social imaginaries, and the imagination, and will appeal to researchers and graduate students across a wide variety of disciplines as well as activists and politically-engaged readers.
About the Author
Suzi Adams is senior lecturer in sociology at Flinders University, Australia. She is the author of Castoriadis's Ontology: Being and Creation (2011), and editor of Cornelius Castoriadis: Key Concepts (2014). Jeremy C A Smith is associate professor of sociology and associate dean, research in the School of Arts at Federation University Australia.