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    Death, gold and the square: rhythm-analysis in a time of protests

    Soreanu, Raluca (2014) Death, gold and the square: rhythm-analysis in a time of protests. Studia Sociologia 59 (2), pp. 117-136. ISSN 1224-8703.

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    Abstract

    The article discusses the creativities of protest as phenomena of rhythm. Theoretically, I propose translating Cornelius Castoriadis’ regional ontology of selves into a problematique of rhythms. I argue for an artisanal way of using the Castoriadian conceptual pair autonomy/heteronomy, focusing on moments rather than on entire societies. Furthermore, I introduce a notion of concentricity of rhythms that allows us to capture the polyrhythmic complexity of protest situations, which become psychic situations, involving presences, as well as absences, half-absences or spectres. Thus, I aim to contribute to a psychosocial understanding of the creativities of collective action. Finally, I analyse the concentricities of rhythm in a site of protest in Romania. The organisation Alburnus Maior protests against the project of a gold mine based on cyanide technologies. It performs a complicated political choreography, centred on the symbolic pair gold-death. Listening to the rhythms of the square enables a reflection on autonomy, recognition and post-oedipal politics.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Cornelius Castoriadis, Henri Lefebvre, rhythm, radical social imaginaries, protest
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Raluca Soreanu
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 09:07
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:26
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12685

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