publication . Article . 2016

The People Are Missing: Cramped Space, Social Relations, and the Mediators of Politics

Thoburn, Nicholas;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: volume 29, issue 4, pages 367-381issn: 0891-4486, Copyright policy
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
Abstract
This article investigates the place of social relations in Deleuze and Guattari’s figure of ‘cramped space’, a figure integral to their ‘minor politics’. Against social and political theories that seek the source of political practice in a collective identity, the theory of cramped space contends that politics arises among those who lack and refuse coherent identity, in their encounter with the impasses, limits, or impossibilities of individual and collective subjectivity. Cramped space, as Deleuze puts it, is a condition where ‘the people are missing’. This is not, however, a condition of asocial isolation, but one full of social relations; the loss of identity...
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free text keywords: Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Political Science
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publication . Article . 2016

The People Are Missing: Cramped Space, Social Relations, and the Mediators of Politics

Thoburn, Nicholas;