Reading on a politics of emancipation

I’m done teaching classes until January, so I’m making time this weekend to complete an article and finalize revisions on a book chapter. Both pieces theorize and empirically substantiate the relationship between policing and political identity formation. As I write, I am reading Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar (Rhythms of the Pachakuti) and Benjamin Arditi (Politics on the Edges of Liberalism). An especially resonant quote from each book:

“The notion of ’emancipation’ presupposes a relationship of subjection, either binary or plural, that is severed by the previously subordinated part that has the resolve and ability to do so” (Gutiérrez Aguilar 2014, xxxiv), and “this matter [of self-unification] is entirely unrelated to what the old Left traditionally called ‘revolutionary consciousness.’ […] The potential of a struggle is not determined by a matter of ‘consciousness.’ […] [For the previously subordinated part], their solution — or their constant opening up of the situation — is based above all on the perseverance and clarity with which they pursue their collective desires. This refers to the material conditions of life and joining efforts with others, as well as the ability to again focus on what has been collectively defined as the horizon of desire” (Gutiérrez Aguilar 2014, 184).

“The revolutionary becoming-other — and a politics of emancipation more generally — occurs in the spacing or play between the promise that entices us to demand the impossible and the continually deconstructible figures of possibility aiming to flesh out that promise” (Arditi 2007, 124).


About nicholasjoncrane

Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies at the University of Wyoming
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