Translated by Alex Stavrakas


French paperback
Extent: 162 pages
Trim: 12.5 x 19.5 cm
ISBN: 9781912475148
Price: £13 / £10 (ebook)


Greece’s pre-eminent sociologist.

—Helena Smith, THE GUARDIAN

We live in an age of ever-deepening anxiety. Free of convictions, released from certainties, we appear untethered—and alone. The values that underpinned our sense of, and need for, collectivity have been reduced to their lowest common denominator: liberty means nothing more than exploiting our individuality; equality has become an empty political slogan; as for solidarity, it’s nowhere to be seen.

Such ruptures are neither accidental nor benign. The not-so-brave new social mandates are outgrowths of globalisation’s casualties: complete eclipsing of political sovereignty, gradual weakening of national identities, and breakdown of the welfare state. The situation is one of crisis.

In this revelatory contribution to political science and sociology, Constantine Tsoucalas draws upon a wide range of philosophical discourses to understand and diagnose our anxious, opiate-seeking age, and to suggest that identity and difference have been incorporated into the deepest substratum of capital, culminating in our times’ greatest woe: the extreme fetishization of the self.


CONSTANTINE TSOUCALAS has published extensively in Greek, French, German and English, and has written for various international magazines and journals. Trained in law and sociology but fluent in the full theoretical range of the social sciences and humanities (philosophy, political theory, intellectual history, epistemology, and aesthetics), he has worked at the Athens Centre for Social Research and at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris and, from 1985, Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Athens. He currently is an Alexander S. Onassis fellow and a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Columbia and Princeton.