Jacques Ranciere was interviewed by Lawrence Liang in Delhi. He was there recently, on the occasion of the release of the Hindi language edition of The Nights of Labour. The interview appears in the Kafila blog, a team effort of concerned individuals to create a space for critical engagement on a wide range of issues of the contemporary world.
Rancière introduced a new way of thinking about the idea of the worker, and of the injunction that divides between those entitled to a life in thought and those born to do manual labour. … We can locate this in the debate about education because in our countries, education is supposed to be the way to make people equal, starting from inequality. It is at the same time the logic of pedagogy and also the logic of progress, and a progressive thinking that of course people are not equal, and lower class people are not equal, and that precisely this derogation regenerates equality and we can get out of that condition.
Read the full interview here.
Jacques Rancière is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. His books include The Future of the Image, Hatred of Democracy and On the Shores of Politics (all from Verso), The Politics of Aesthetics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People and The Nights of Labor. His new book The Emancipated Spectator is out now.