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What Is an Event?

Robin Wagner-Pacifici


What is an Event? describes the complex lived experiences of events-in-the making. It analyzes how events erupt and take off from the ground of ongoing, everyday life and how they then restlessly move across time and space. Events are central to the way that individuals and societies experience life, as ‘breaking news’ constantly interrupts everyday routines. The book charts fundamental experiences of the events of life that are both inevitable and also, paradoxically, always a surprise: birth, death, love, war. What is an Event? systematically analyzes how events emerge, take shape, gain mome ... More

Keywords: event, form, identity, flow, representation, violence, rupture, political semiosis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226439648
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226439815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Wagner-Pacifici, author
The New School for Social Research