Austerity, Brexit, Covid: Short Circuits and a New Identity for Wales

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In this chapter, Alex Mangold employs Žižek’s concept of the ‘short circuit’ to analyze recent cultural and political events in Wales and in the United Kingdom. In keeping with Žižek’s idea that short-circuit reading can lead to “insights which completely shatter and undermine our common preconceptions”, the chapter presents austerity, Brexit and Covid as performative categories that have led to a new understanding of Welsh politics and identity. Mangold identifies Wales as an example of a performative ‘third space’ that illustrates a parallax gap between a socially unjust United Kingdom and an independent, more sustainable, and decidedly global Wales.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Manifestos for the Twenty-First Century Rethinking Culture, Common Struggles, and Future Change
EditorsNicol A. Barria-Asenjo, Brian Willems, Slavoj Žižek
Place of PublicationOxon, New York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781032584317
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


  • Continental Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Culture Theory, Humanities, Social Studies, Politics


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