Staging the People

Staging the People:The Proletarian and His Double

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Rancière’s classic essays from the 1970s, when he was developing his distinctive method

These essays from the 1970s mark the inception of the distinctive project that Jacques Rancière has pursued across forty years, with four interwoven themes: the study of working-class identity, of its philosophical interpretation, of “heretical” knowledge and of the relationship between work and leisure.


  • One of our most stimulating thinkers.

    Paris Match
  • “The essays in Staging the People provide both empirical-historical instantiations and the intellectual road map to the later explicit theoretical formulation in Disagreement for which he is more renowned in the anglophone world. What is evident in this collection of articles is that his more recent political theory must be understood as coming intentionally out of the earlier post ’68 empirical and historical works undertaken in an attempt to return ‘speech’ to the mere ‘voice’ of the oppressed, exploited, and marginalised, in whose name the intellectuals of the left have repeatedly spoken, with disastrous consequences”

    Capital & Class