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    A break?

    Loizidou, Elena (2017) A break? Law and Critique 28 (3), pp. 307-322. ISSN 0957-8536.

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    Abstract

    Since the financial crisis of 2008 we have seen a rise in suicides across the world. Greece for example in 2011 saw a sustained increase in suicides of 35.7%. In this article I draw our attention to well-publicized suicides that took place in Greece. I focus on the suicide notes left behind. The suicide notes, I suggest, can be read as offering us a critique of the anxious times in which we find ourselves. They are offering us a critique in two senses: (a) a critique of the way we are being governed (through austerity memorandums and a neoliberal logic); and (b) a critique of the affirmative ways of responding towards the financial crisis (through occupations, demonstrations etc.). Consequently these suicide notes can be read as a demand for having a break from this neoliberal logic and organization of life and asking us to re-imagine our social and political realm. In arguing thus, the article draws on Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Wendy Brown and others.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Research Centre: Law and the Humanities, Centre for
    Depositing User: Elena Loizidou
    Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 12:43
    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2018 00:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19285

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