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Dispossession describes the condition of those who have lost land, citizenship, property, and a broader belonging to the world.

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This thought-provoking book seeks to elaborate our understanding of dispossession outside of the conventional logic of possession, a hallmark of capitalism, liberalism, and humanism. Can dispossession simultaneously characterize political responses and opposition to the disenfranchisement associated with unjust dispossession of land, economic and political power, and basic conditions for living?

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In the context of neoliberal expropriation of labor and livelihood, dispossession opens up a performative condition of being both affected by injustice and prompted to act. From the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the anti-neoliberal gatherings at Puerta del Sol, Syntagma and Zucchotti Park, an alternative political and affective economy of bodies in public is being formed. Bodies on the street are precarious - exposed to police force, they are also standing for, and opposing, their dispossession.

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These bodies insist upon their collective standing, organize themselves without and against hierarchy, and refuse to become disposable: they demand regard. This book interrogates the agonistic and open-ended corporeality and conviviality of the crowd as it assembles in cities to protest political and economic dispossession through a performative dispossession of the sovereign subject and its propriety. Powered by Koha. Such a project can be read as one way to respond to Stuart Hall's use of Foucault's "hermeneutics of desire" as a call for reflexive dialogue with the terms and practices that have conditioned the meaning of being human, in this case the terms of agency within scholarship that has radically disrupted any version of a sovereign self.

Throughout Dispossession, readers will find various expressions of this paradox of being oriented to the question of critical agency while caught within the confines of its current configuration as impossible. For example:.

Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political

And so we take up the question of how to become disposed of the sovereign self and enter into forms of collectivity that oppose forms of dispossession that systematically jettison populations from modes of collective belonging and justice. JB and AA xi. In general, dispossession speaks to how human bodies become materialized and de-materialized through histories of slavery, colonization, apartheid, capitalist alienation, immigration and asylum politics, postcolonial liberal multiculturalism, gender and sexual normativity, securitarism governmentality, and humanitarian reason.

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  8. To begin the final exchange of this twenty-one section book with Judith Butler JB , Athena Athanasiou AA , the first speaker throughout, writes: My sense is that our conversation, Judith, perhaps in its entirety, has been insistently gesturing toward the question--and the affective labor--of critical agency, in its entwinement with multiple forms of doing, undoing, being undone, and becoming, as well as multiple forms of giving and giving up.

    AA I think that I agree. For example: And so we take up the question of how to become disposed of the sovereign self and enter into forms of collectivity that oppose forms of dispossession that systematically jettison populations from modes of collective belonging and justice. JB and AA xi Or, In general, dispossession speaks to how human bodies become materialized and de-materialized through histories of slavery, colonization, apartheid, capitalist alienation, immigration and asylum politics, postcolonial liberal multiculturalism, gender and sexual normativity, securitarism governmentality, and humanitarian reason.

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