Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Donatella della Porta, Nancy Fraser, Eva Illouz, Ivan Krastev, Bruno Latour, Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Robert Misik, Oliver Nachtwey, César Rendueles, Wolfgang Streeck, David Van Reybrouck, Slavoj Žižek

The Great Regression - An International Debate

Edited by Heinrich Geiselberger
(German title: Die große Regression)
ca. 320 pages
Arjun Appadurai
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Arjun Appadurai, born in Mumbai in 1949, is Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and currently a visiting lecturer at the Institute of European Ethnology at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Zygmunt Bauman
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Zygmunt Bauman was born in Poznań in 1925 and died in Leeds in 2017. His last teaching post was at the University of Leeds. He is considered one of the most important contemporary sociologists and received many accolades including the Theodor W. Adorno Prize of the City of Frankfurt am Main (1998) and the Prince of Asturias Award (2013).

Donatella della Porta

Donatella della Porta

Donatella della Porta, born in Catania in 1956, is Professor for Political Sciences and director of the Centre of Social Movement Studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence.

Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser is Professor of the New School University in New York.

Eva Illouz
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Eva Illouz, born in 1961 in Morocco, is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev, born in Lukovit in 1965,is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. Since 2015, he has been writing regular analyses for the international edition of The New York Times.

Bruno Latour
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Bruno Latour, born in 1947, is Professor at the Sciences Politiques Paris and Deputy Director of the Centre of Sociologie des Organisations (CSO).

Paul Mason
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Paul Mason, born in Leigh in 1960, is a British author and multi-award-winning television journalist. He worked for the BBC and Channel 4 News for many years and regularly writes for The Guardian.

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra, born in Jhansi in 1969, is an Indian essayist, literary critic and writer. He writes for publication such as The New York Times, the New York Review of Books and The Guardian. In 2014, he was awarded the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding.

Robert Misik
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Robert Misik, born in Vienna in 1966, is a journalist and political author. He was awarded the Prize of the Keynes Society for Economic Journalism in 2018.

Oliver Nachtwey
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Oliver Nachtwey, born in 1975, is an associate professor of social structure analysis at the University of Basel and an associated scholar of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main.

César Rendueles

César Rendueles

César Rendueles, born in Girona, Spain, in 1975, teaches sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Wolfgang Streeck
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Wolfgang Streeck, born in 1946, was the director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Research in Cologne until 2014. He is a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. His book Gekaufte Zeit. Die vertagte Krise des demokratischen Kapitalismus was nominated for the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2013 (non-fiction category) and has been translated into 17 languages to date.

David Van Reybrouck
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David Van Reybrouck, born in Bruges in 1971, is a writer, playwright, journalist, archaeologist and historian. In 2011, he founded the Initiative G1000, which advocates for democratic innovations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Congo: The Epic History of a People was published to great international acclaim and received numeorus awards and prizes. His book Against Elections: The Case for Democracy was met with great attention throughout Europe.

Slavoj Žižek
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Slavoj Žižek, born 1949, is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic.

He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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The huge international debate on rightwing populism – appearing simultaneously in thirteen languages!


At the latest, since the effects of the financial crisis became clear and migration to the European Union began to grow, we have seen developments that many had thought were the phenomena of a distant age: the rise of nationalistic, in part anti-liberal parties like the Front National and the Alternative für Deutschland, the profound crisis of the EU, a coarsening of public discourse thanks to demagogues like Donald Trump, a growing distrust of the established media and the spread of xenophobic ideas... all of which are a reminder of dark times. Politicians are vilified as »traitors to the fatherland«, Muslims are under general suspicion and the internet is awash with the crudest of conspiracy theories.

In this collection, internationally renowned researchers and intellectuals examine the causes of this »Great Regression«, locate them in a historical context, introduce scenarios for the coming years and discuss strategies we can use to resist such developments.

With contributions from Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Donatella della Porta, Nancy Fraser, Eva Illouz, Ivan Krastev, Bruno Latour, Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Robert Misik, Oliver Nachtwey, César Rendueles, Wolfgang Streeck, David Van Reybrouck and Slavoj Žižek.


Further information about this project, videos, excerpts and discussions, on our homepage: www.thegreatregression.eu


»Here the spectrum of interpretative possibilities to the left of the political centre have been well sounded out.« Barbara Kuchler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Where are we? This is a tough question to answer these days … And in this respect, the present volume has come at precisely the right time.« Walter Hollstein, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»A collaborative book for a world in the process of sealing itself off.« Libération

» ...a topical and excellent anthology.« Caroline Fetscher, Der Tagesspiegel

»A book that demands to be discussed and debated ... « Gesine Reichstein, radio bremen

»This book is recommended reading for anyone who’d like to understand some of the driving forces behind the turn to Pegida, the AfD, Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, Orban, and Wilders.« literatourismus.net

»The Great Regression not only offers various analyses of the reasons for the success of populism, but numerous and distinct perspectives as well.« Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann, Deutschlandfunk

»Those who engage with this book will be rewarded with many surprising points of view and undogmatic lines of thought.« ekz.bibliotheksservice 2017/20

»An international debate on the causes of this great regression as well as ways out and democratic alternatives can be an important contribution to a desperately needed change of course. Suhrkamp Verlag’s collection offers an initial…overview and abundant points of entry into the discussion.« Kulturbuchtipps


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Warum Liebe endet/The End of Love (2018)

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Die neue Liebesordnung/Hard-Core Romance (2013)

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Gekaufte Zeit/Buying Time (2013)

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Warum Liebe weh tut/Why Love Hurts (2011)

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Cogitamus/Cogitamus (2011)

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Gefühle in Zeiten des Kapitalismus/Cold Intimacies (2006)

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Die Puppe und der Zwerg/The Puppet and the Dwarf (2003)

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Umverteilung oder Anerkennung?/Redistribution or Recognition (2003)

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Die gnadenlose Liebe/On Belief (2001)

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