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“Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me”: Rethinking the Humanities (in Times of) Crisis
Jeremy De Chavez1; Jeremy De Chavez2
2019
Source PublicationCritical Arts South-North Cultural and Media Studies
ISSN0256-0046
Volume33Issue:3Pages:46-58
Abstract

This essay reflects on the connection between the Humanities and democracy with the aim of formulating an alternative critique that does not confuse democracy with nor concedes it to oligarchy, that does not exclusively reside in academic culture, and that does not elide cultural difference and translation. While agreeing with Martha Nussbaum that there should be strong ties between humanistic inquiry and democratic sensibilities, this essay conceives of that relationship differently: not (Nussbaum’s) “democracy needs the Humanities” but rather the Humanities need democracy. Toward that goal, the essay rethinks cultural critique alongside Jacques Rancière’s radical vision of democratic equality and interprets an image by photojournalist Raffy Lerma that reframes Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Lerma’s photograph serves as a litmus test for the protocols of reading as well as a limit-case forcing both democracy and the Humanities to revisit their vaunted capacity, in Nussbaum’s terms, to cultivate the imagination, enrich meaning, and educate for global citizenship.

KeywordRancière Democracy Nussbaum Affect Duterte Populism
DOIhttps://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02560046.2019.1665693
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCultural Studies
WOS SubjectCultural Studies
WOS IDWOS:000489494600001
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2-4 PARK SQUARE, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXON, ENGLAND
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Corresponding AuthorJeremy De Chavez
Affiliation1.Department of English University of Macau, Macau SAR, China
2.Department of English Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Jeremy De Chavez,Jeremy De Chavez. “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me”: Rethinking the Humanities (in Times of) Crisis[J]. Critical Arts South-North Cultural and Media Studies,2019,33(3):46-58.
APA Jeremy De Chavez,&Jeremy De Chavez.(2019).“Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me”: Rethinking the Humanities (in Times of) Crisis.Critical Arts South-North Cultural and Media Studies,33(3),46-58.
MLA Jeremy De Chavez,et al."“Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me”: Rethinking the Humanities (in Times of) Crisis".Critical Arts South-North Cultural and Media Studies 33.3(2019):46-58.
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