Dispossession The Performative in the Political

ISBN-10: 0745653812
ISBN-13: 9780745653815
Edition: 2013
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 2/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.50" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Dispossession describes the condition of those who have lost land, citizenship, property, and a broader belonging to the world. This thought–provoking book seeks to elaborate our understanding of dispossession outside of the conventional logic of possession, a hallmark of capitalism, liberalism, and humanism. Can dispossession simultaneously characterize political responses and opposition to the disenfranchisement associated with unjust dispossession of land, economic and political power, and basic conditions for living? In the context of neoliberal expropriation of labor and livelihood, dispossession opens up a performative condition of being both affected by injustice and prompted to act. From the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the anti–neoliberal gatherings at Puerta del Sol, Syntagma and Zucchotti Park, an alternative political and affective economy of bodies in public is being formed. Bodies on the street are precarious – exposed to police force, they are also standing for, and opposing, their dispossession. These bodies insist upon their collective standing, organize themselves without and against hierarchy, and refuse to become disposable: they demand regard. This book interrogates the agonistic and open–ended corporeality and conviviality of the crowd as it assembles in cities to protest political and economic dispossession through a performative dispossession of the sovereign subject and its propriety.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

Preface
Aporetic dispossession, or the trouble with dispossession
The logic of dispossession and the matter of the human (after the critique of metaphysics of substance)
A caveat about the "primacy of economy"
Sexual dispossessions
(Trans)possessions, or bodies beyond themselves
The sociality of self-poietics: Talking back to the violence of recognition
Recognition and survival, or surviving recognition
Relationality as self-dispossession
Uncounted bodies, incalculable performativity
Responsiveness as responsibility
Ex-propriating the performative
Dispossessed languages, or singularities named and renamed
The political promise of the performative
The governmentality of "crisis" and its resistances
Enacting another vulnerability: On owing and owning
Trans-border affective foreclosures and state racism
Public grievability and the politics of memorialization
The political affects of plural performativity
Conundrums of solidarity
The university, the humanities, and the book bloc
Spaces of appearance, politics of exposure
Notes
Index

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