Agamben and Colonialism by Marcelo Svirsky, Simone Bignall

By Marcelo Svirsky, Simone Bignall

Svirsky and Bignall gather major figures to discover the wealthy philosophical linkages and the political matters shared through Agamben and postcolonial conception. Agamben's theories of the 'state of exception' and 'bare existence' are located in serious relation to the life of those phenomena within the colonial/postcolonial global.

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The passage from anomie to nomos is exactly the same passage that leads from nomos to anomie. Reversing the direction merely ensures that we remain literally in the same place and the possibility of a relapse back into anomie remains safe, as the residents of Kuschevskaya who have lived through over a decade of campaigns for the rule for law and against corruption know all too well. In the case of the postcom­ munist bespedel we are not dealing with an externally induced disorder that could be eliminated by a return to order, grounded either in the depths of tradition or in rational design, but with the actualisation of the potentiality at work in any form of constituted order.

Indeed, this notion immediately recalls two of the most controversial paradigmatic figures in Agamben5s work: homo sacer and the Muselmann (Agamben 1998; 1999) and also permits us to differentiate between them, contrary to the frequent conflation of these figures in the interpretations of Agamben5s work (cf. Laclau 2007; DeCaroli 2007). Insofar as bes­ pedel designates the dissolution of all structures of authority and the inoperative status of all norms, its subjects evidently inhabit the state of exception, in which they are all homines sacri, beings abandoned by the sovereign power that withdrew from the social realm after the demise of the Soviet Union.

Lentin R. (2005), ‘“Femina Sacra”: Gendered Memory and Political Violence’, Women's Studies International Forum , 29: 463-73. — (2011), ‘Palestinian Women from Femina Sacra to Agents o f Active Resistance’. Paper presented at the International Colloquium, WWW. World Wide Women: Globalisation, Genders and Languages, Research Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (CIRSDe), Università degli studi di Torino, 10-12 February. ) (2008), Thinking Palestine. London and New York: Zed Books. Macey, D. (2000), Frantz Fanon: A Life.

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