The author assesses how, despite attempts to broaden the scope for inclusion and the meaning of political existence, contemporary political theory gives rise to new externalities through relying on a notion of the community as predicated on sameness. Proceeding normatively and hermeneutically, The Space of Community seeks to divert the thinking of political community from assumptions of calculability, unity, and boundedness by elaborating a notion of sameness that does not presuppose difference and a notion of difference that does not presuppose identity.
Through close engagements with texts in contemporary political theory and continental philosophy, it is argued that in order to confront the problem of closure and exclusion, the question of political co-existence needs to be reformulated and relocated so as to grasp the meaning of an incalculable community.
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Unity and sameness are usually assumed to be inseparable but in this deeply thoughtful book Jonna Pettersson parses them, offering a much richer understanding of relationality as a result. What emerges is a notion of politics that is based, not on exclusion, but rather on the myriad ways that we are together and many, the same and different, both calculable and incalculable.
Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory.