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    Slavoj Zizek(Author)

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In "Trouble in Paradise, " Slavoj i[ek, one of our most famous, most combative philosophers, explains how we can find a way out of the crisis of capitalism.
There is obviously trouble in the global capitalist paradise. But why do we find it so difficult to imagine a way out of the crisis we're in? It is as if the trouble feeds on itself: the march of capitalism has become inexorable, the only game in town.
Setting out to diagnose the condition of global capitalism, the ideological constraints we are faced with in our daily lives, and the bleak future promised by this system, Slavoj i[ek explores the possibilities and the traps of new emancipatory struggles.
Drawing insights from phenomena as diverse as Gangnam Style to Marx, "The Dark Knight" to Thatcher, "Trouble in Paradise" is an incisive dissection of the world we inhabit, and the new order to come."

Praise for Slavoj Žižek"Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation."--"The New Yorker"" " "Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj Žižek . . . One of the world's best-known public intellectuals." --John Gray, "New York Review of Books""The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in many decades."--Terry Eagleton"[A] great provocateur and an immensely suggestive and even dashing writer . . . Žižek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding." --"Los Angeles Times"Praise for Slavoj i[eki[ek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation."The New Yorker" "" Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj i[ek . . . One of the world s best-known public intellectuals.John Gray, "New York Review of Books"The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in many decades.Terry Eagleton[A] great provocateur and an immensely suggestive and even dashing writer . . . i[ek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding."Los Angeles Times""

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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Slavoj Zizek(Author)
  • Melville House Publishing (18 Aug. 2015)
  • English
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  • Business, Finance & Law

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  • By MR T MUSIC on 17 April 2017

    An amusing and educational analysis of society, culture and other things modern. Zizek makes his mark again, fantastic read.

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  • By The Peripatetic Reader on 16 January 2015

    In addition to being an eminent philosopher, Slavoj Zizek is also a well-known Marxist theoretician and cultural commentator. Thus, a book about the crisis in global capitalism from a Marxist perspective, from a legitimate Marxist philosopher no less, raises the expectation of new insights into the crisis from a noted social philosopher. Sadly, this is not the case.Nowadays, writings on the crisis in capitalism are nothing new. This book is unique in that this is the most direct statement from Slavoj ZIzek on capitalism.The "Paradise" is the promise Fukuyama outlined of the End of History following the downfall of the Soviet Union, discredited by the turn of historical events at the hands of the Neocons for whom the doctrine was addressed. The "Trouble" refers to a movie by Ernst Lubitsch.On the contrary, the "trouble" is the manner in which ZIzek is presents his thesis. In his own inimitable style, Slavoj Zizek examines the present state of global capitalism. Based on lectures given in South Korea, Zizek discusses the crisis in capitalism in medical and faux medical terms of diagnosis, cardiognsis, prognosis and epignosis. The diagnosis, the present state, cardiognosis (his term), and prognosis, "what is to be done." He also offers his epignosis, a term borrowed from theology, what the new capitalism looks like.Zizek says that the cure of the crisis in capitalism comes not from capitalism but from communism. A daring hypothesis but one never fully or systematically discussed in the book. He is very vague on this cure. As in previous endeavors, Zizek frequently diverts into cultural observations and such musings are distracting. And so in Trouble in Paradise he makes frequent social and cultural commentary between discussing the crisis in global capitalism. These cultural diversions actually supplement, rather than detract, from the point Zizek is attempting to make.His analysis of the crisis in capitalism, however, is unremarkable and unfocused. The "analyses" are scattered, unstructured musings of the current state of global capitalism, for example: * People do not revolt when things get "very bad," but when their expectations are not met. This rule was involved in the revolts in the Arab world in 2011 and has potentially serious consequences for China in the future. * The best method to diagnose and cure the defects in the Capitalistic system is found in Communism. * The neoliberal Capitalist system is a victim of its ideological mother, Ann Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged, and the unbridled greed which fed on the system like a cancer. This is pure Marxian ideology. * The best illustration of the class struggle is in the current fight for a free internet. Presumably Zizek means the struggle for net neutrality but does not expand on this statement. * The defining characteristic of the present crisis in global capitalism is that the concept of unemployment has changed. In the classical model, unemployment was a discrete pool for the source of labor. Now, as a result of the 2008 meltdown, unemployment now includes a segment of the population which have been "written out of history." This phenomenon is what the news media refers to, when the quarterly unemployment figures are released, to those who have given up finding work.Zizek offers gems of insight, but to get there you have to sift through a lot of rubble.Trouble in Paradise is thus a mixed bag. I will employ a bit of cultural commentary Zizek likes to use so much: When the Beatles were world superstars, they stopped in Los Angeles after their concert there to see their idol, Elvis Presley. The arraignments were made and they would indeed see Elvis. The problem was this was circa 1965, Elvis' career was in a slump, and when they actually met him, he was detached, unresponsive, and frankly not all that interested in seeing them. The Beatles got lost trying to find Elvis' residence in LA, and continually asked themselves, "Where's Elvis?" After they actually saw him, they left, disappointed, and in leaving asked themselves, "Where's Elvis?"While he occasionally makes a brilliant observation here and there, on the whole Trouble in Paradise could have been much better."Where's Zizek?"

  • By Dave Smith on 9 April 2015

    Insightful (if not at some points slightly strenuous) analysis of modern public and political events and concepts.Well worth a read for the uninitiated wanting the most recent application of psychoanalysis and theory to culture and the political equilibrium as of 2014/2015 in true Zizek style.

  • By A. Shuttleworth on 15 October 2015

    A bit of a mixed bag. Sometimes it shines and I liked his chosen quotes, which illustrate and open up new lines of thought. Sometimes however it feels like grandstanding, especially in choice of language. It feels like clarity and cohesion are sacrificed on the altar of showmanship. Sometimes where he wanders into things I know about I doubt whether he really knows what he's talking about, which makes me wonder about the rest. His conclusion contains a prime example, which I won't spoil - suffice it to say that he lifts a definition of a word straight from the urban dictionary - the equivalent of high school homework by well known search engine/online encyclopedia. The trouble is the urban dictionary is plain wrong. You could maybe forgive this as a literary flourish, but how much of the rest is plain wrong for the same reason?

  • By P Owen on 15 December 2014

    Bought as a gift. Pleased with item.

  • By Guest on 30 January 2016

    The problem with most critiques of capitalism is that, in their last chapters, they attempt to state a clear solution to all our problems, be it direct democracy or what have you not. What is really great about this book is that not only it offers a very clear vision of what's wrong in our current system, but also paints an horizon of thoughts that could get us out of the s*** we're in. At the same time, the book is realistic enough to avoid any hard statements about a concrete way out. We're obviously not there yet... At least we're thinking.


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