Judith Butler on identity/difference and solidarity

This recent interview with Judith Butler suggests an approach to solidarity — or for Butler, ‘alliance’ — that resonates with the arguments of some human geographers (see relevant posts, here, and here). The following quote from the interview is especially suggestive for thinking solidarities that exceed likeness:

[How] do we think about these loose alliances that are most emphatically not based on love or even identification[?] My sense is that we have too often presumed that we must identify with those with whom we ally. But if we insist on identification in this way, we tend to reproduce communitarian politics, allying only with those who are already similar to us, and refusing to confront those whose views and whose lives may well seem quite different. My political sense is that an expanding coalition has to be one in which we presume that we are not the same.  This is as important for producing a multi-racial and cross-generational alliance as it is for bringing in people who have been de-politicized for a long time or whose politics have in many ways differed from one’s own.

The interview has also been circulated by Verso.

Rassemblement, de Judith Butler, interroge les rapports du corps et du politique, la dimension politique des foules et des manifestations. Ainsi, ce livre repense un certain nombre d’idées rattachées au corps et au politique mais aussi l’espace public et les conditions du sujet politique. Judith Butler y développe des analyses particulièrement fécondes du social et […]

via Judith Butler, interview : «Il est réjouissant d’assister au surgissement d’une volonté populaire», «It is joyful to see an outbreak of the popular will» — DIACRITIK

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About nicholasjoncrane

Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Wyoming
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