What is Power? BYUNG-CHUL HAN Translated by Daniel Steuer In this book the cultural theorist Byung-Chul Han develops a fresh and original perspective on the nature of power, shedding new light on this key feature of social and political life. Power is commonly defined as a causal relation: an individual’s power is the cause that produces a change of behavior in someone else against the latter’s will. In Han’s view, power is better understood as a mediation between ego and alter which creates a complex array of reciprocal interdependencies. Supra-individual power, such as that exercised by states, involves different forms of mediation, but here too mediation and coercion are on a continuum such that the more intense the mediation, the less coercion there is. This perspective enables us to see that power and freedom are not opposed to one another, but rather manifestations of the same power, differing only in the degree of mediation. BYUNG-CHUL HAN is a Korean-born Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies who teaches at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin.
“The new star of German philosophy.” – El País
210 x 140mm | 120 pages | October 2018
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AngloArabia Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain DAVID WEARING
UK ties with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies are under the spotlight as never before. Huge controversy surrounds Britain’s alliances with these deeply repressive regimes, and the UK’s key supporting role in the disastrous Saudi-led intervention in Yemen has lent added urgency to the debate. Why have AngloArabian relations grown even closer in recent years, despite ongoing, egregious human rights violations? In this ground-breaking analysis, David Wearing argues that the Gulf Arab monarchies constitute the UK’s most important and lucrative alliances in the global south. They are central both to the British government’s ambitions to retain its status in the world system, and to its post-Brexit economic strategy. Exploring the complex and intertwined structures of UK-Gulf relations, this book lifts the lid on “AngloArabia” and what’s at stake for both sides. DAVID WEARING is a Teaching Fellow in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.
216 x 138mm | 290 pages | September 2018
HB | 978-1-5095-3203-2 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3204-9 £15.99 | $24.95 | €20.90