This is the first book to make the argument for an emancipatory project from within a posthuman framework. Responding to critics, Cudworth and Hobden argue that while some posthumanisms may be less critical, it is possible to develop a political programme from a posthuman perspective.

Cudworth and Hobden develop such issues by addressing the following questions: How have ideas about emancipation been developed, and does the notion of emancipation still hold relevance for the contemporary world order? Is it possible to have a non-Utopian form of emancipation? What are the implications of differing posthuman/new materialist viewpoints for an emancipatory project? In a world typified by complexity, how is it possible to pursue political projects? The chapters consider various interpretations of the term ‘emancipation’, looking at work that has appeared within the posthumanist framework such as Bruno Latour, William Connolly, and Jane Bennett.

The authors develop their own account of posthumanism, demonstrating how it avoids the problems that have been found within this framework, and considering the possibilities for emancipatory projects and public policy. It will be of great interest to postgraduates and scholars of International Relations, Political Theory, Environmental Studies, and Sociology.

chapter 1|17 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

Emancipation and its critics

chapter 3|17 pages

A politics of enchantment

The power and fragility of things

chapter 4|17 pages

A politics of attachment

Actor-network theory

chapter 5|18 pages

How to change a complex world?

chapter 7|19 pages

Creaturely politics

Beyond the imperial human

chapter 8|22 pages

Towards posthumanist emancipation

A terraist manifesto