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    A parallel art of living

    Loizidou, Elena (2020) A parallel art of living. In: Hesselberth, P. and de Bloois, J. (eds.) Politics of Withdrawal: Media, Arts, Theory. London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781786616333. (In Press)

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    This chapter argues that if we are to reach a “complete transformation of politics,” as Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy urged over thirty years ago, we need to embrace an anarchist art of living, a way of doing things that situates the question at its center. Drawing upon the anarchist archive of Emma Goldman, as well as the theories of Max Stirner, Krotoptkin and others, the chapter reflects on the political acts of the Indignatos movement in Spain, Indignants in Greece, and Extinction Rebellion in the UK, which may fall short in providing us such a “complete transformation of politics” as these movements are still be attached to concepts and ideas of sovereignty, the state, and so on. By considering withdrawal as a parallel art of living and showing how such art of living comes about, Loizidou argues, we are able to recognise that we have different ethico/political lives living next to each other, and the most radical political gesture may be the one that does not create a dominant way of living.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Elena Loizidou
    Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 09:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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