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Defining activism

Svirsky, Marcelo 2010. Defining activism. In: Svirsky, Marcelo ed. Deleuze and Political Activism, Deleuze studies, vol. 4. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 163-190. (10.3366/dls.2010.0211)

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Activism is defined in this paper as involving local instigations of new series of elements intersecting the actual, generating new collective enunciations, experimentations and investigations, which erode good and common sense and cause structures to swing away from their sedimented identities. By appealing to Spinozism, the paper describes the microphysics of the activist encounter with stable structures and the ways in which activism imposes new regimes of succession of ideas and affective variations in the power of action. Rather than understanding activism as supporting or leading social struggles, the definition of activism pursued here conceives it as an open-ended process and stresses the role of investigation in relation to practices within the social situations to which activism addresses itself.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism; revolution; intervention; encounter; ideas, affects
Additional Information: Special issue of Deleuze Studies, supplement to 4(3)
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748640522
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