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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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EpilogueThe Practice of Recommencing: Toward a Cosmopolitanism of the Dispossessed Belonging

We are living now in the aftermath of what one might call high theory. Yet this does not suggest that “theory” is over and that we can relievedly return to the age of pretheoretical innocence (Eagleton 2003: 2). After all, this is not the first time that theory has been reported dead and nothing stimulates it more than the proclamation of its death (McQuillan et al. 1999: 9). This déjà vu effect of theory’s burial introduces a disturbing equivocation with the “post-“ in post-theory. How can something be after and therefore new with regard to the past if it already happened before and is therefore old, i.e. a constituent of the same past? The unexpected ...

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