1st Edition

The Social and Political Thought of Noam Chomsky

ISBN 9780415285674
Published May 17, 2002 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

The Social and Political Thought of Noam Chomsky questions Chomsky's claim not to have a theory about the relationship between human beings and their society other than that which 'can be written on the back of postage stamp'. Edgley compares Chomsky's vision of the good society with liberal communitarian perspectives, and establishes that it is grounded in a hopeful belief about human nature. She argues that sympathy with this vision of the good society is essential for understanding the nature of Chomsky's critique of state capitalism, its inherent nationalism and the media. The author concludes that Chomsky's analysis is coherent and systematic when one acknowledges that he is not just a critic but a theorist.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Chomsky: critic or theorist? 1. Political theory 2. The good society 3. State capitalism 4. State theory
5. Nationalism 6. Politics and the media Conclusion. Chomsky: militant optimist

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