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The cultural politics of exception

Chapter


Abstract


  • By focusing on the ontological notion of 'exceptionality' present

    in Agamben's oeuvre, rather than on 'states of exception', I adhere

    to the claim that Agamben's conceptual tools are relevant to the

    cultural analysis of settler-colonial societies. At its core, his work

    is sensitive to anxieties about decolonisation, though his concepts

    require some philosophical adaptation if this relevance is

    to be made explicit. My reading aims to supplement and expand

    Agamben's conceptual apparatus with insights from two sources:

    one is Esposito's 'immunitarian' paradigm; and the other is

    Deleuze and Guattari's politics of desire.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. 2012, 'The cultural politics of exception', in S. Bignall & M. G. Svirsky (eds), Agamben and Colonialism, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. pp. 52-76.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780748643936

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84882412655

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/109

Book Title


  • Agamben and Colonialism

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 52

End Page


  • 76

Place Of Publication


  • Edinburgh

Abstract


  • By focusing on the ontological notion of 'exceptionality' present

    in Agamben's oeuvre, rather than on 'states of exception', I adhere

    to the claim that Agamben's conceptual tools are relevant to the

    cultural analysis of settler-colonial societies. At its core, his work

    is sensitive to anxieties about decolonisation, though his concepts

    require some philosophical adaptation if this relevance is

    to be made explicit. My reading aims to supplement and expand

    Agamben's conceptual apparatus with insights from two sources:

    one is Esposito's 'immunitarian' paradigm; and the other is

    Deleuze and Guattari's politics of desire.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. 2012, 'The cultural politics of exception', in S. Bignall & M. G. Svirsky (eds), Agamben and Colonialism, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. pp. 52-76.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780748643936

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84882412655

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/109

Book Title


  • Agamben and Colonialism

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 52

End Page


  • 76

Place Of Publication


  • Edinburgh