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Defining activism

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Abstract


  • Activism is defined in this paper as involving local instigations of new

    series of elements intersecting the actual, generating new collective

    enunciations, experimentations and investigations, which erode good

    and common sense and cause structures to swing away from their

    sedimented identities. By appealing to Spinozism, the paper describes

    the microphysics of the activist encounter with stable structures and

    the ways in which activism imposes new regimes of succession of

    ideas and affective variations in the power of action. Rather than

    understanding activism as supporting or leading social struggles, the

    definition of activism pursued here conceives it as an open-ended process

    and stresses the role of investigation in relation to practices within the

    social situations to which activism addresses itself.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. 2010, ''Defining activism'', Deleuze Studies, vol. 4, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 163-182.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2335&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1316

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 163

End Page


  • 182

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • Suppl. 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Activism is defined in this paper as involving local instigations of new

    series of elements intersecting the actual, generating new collective

    enunciations, experimentations and investigations, which erode good

    and common sense and cause structures to swing away from their

    sedimented identities. By appealing to Spinozism, the paper describes

    the microphysics of the activist encounter with stable structures and

    the ways in which activism imposes new regimes of succession of

    ideas and affective variations in the power of action. Rather than

    understanding activism as supporting or leading social struggles, the

    definition of activism pursued here conceives it as an open-ended process

    and stresses the role of investigation in relation to practices within the

    social situations to which activism addresses itself.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. 2010, ''Defining activism'', Deleuze Studies, vol. 4, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 163-182.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2335&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1316

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 163

End Page


  • 182

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • Suppl. 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom