Voicing embodiment, relating difference: towards a relational legal subjectivity

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Hanafin, Patrick (2008)
  • Publisher: Griffith University
  • Subject: law

Focusing on the writings of Adriana Cavarero and Lia Cigarini, this piece examines the possible counterpractices and counterspaces of a politics of relational subjectivity outside the time of the masculine legal order which are to be found in Italian sexual difference theory. Both Cavarero and Cigarini share a desire to create a practice of sexual difference based on relational subjectivity. In their writings and in their praxis they have attempted to bring into being spaces where the unique embodied existent can interact with other unique existents in a space of relational politics. This is a politics based on the unique existent who acts, speaks, and thinks for herself rather than one based on the ideal abstract individual of liberal rights ideology. In effect, it amounts to a politics of relational plurivocality.
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    5 Brown Wendy 'Suffering the paradoxes of rights' in Brown Wendy and Halley Janet (eds) Left Legalism/Left Critique Durham Duke University Press 2002 p 420 at 430.

    6 For an illuminating analysis of this phenomenon see Cavarero Adriana Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender Ann Arbor University of Michigan Press 2002. See also her 'Logos e politica' in Cavarero Adriana A Piu Voci: Filosofia dell'espressione vocale Fetrinelli Milan 2003 p 200. See in addition Esposito Roberto Immunitas Einaudi Turin 2002.

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