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‘Race’ and the disorders of identity: Rethinking difference, the relation to the other and a politics of the commons

  • Couze Venn
Original Article


Have issues around identity, difference, ‘mixedness’ reached an impasse? If so, what displacements in terms of analytical framework would open the way for a new politics? These are the underlying thoughts that guide the arguments in this article towards a position that is in solidarity with a politics of the commons. To do so, it draws from the kind of approaches developed in the work of those who emphasise the more-than-one, relational character of subjectivity, such as Bracha Ettinger, Gilbert Simondon, Karen Barad, Andy Clark and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, to outline an analytical framework that breaks with the privilege of sameness, identity and individualism in sustaining relations of power that rely on the dividing strategies of power to maintain oppressions of one kind or another.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Couze Venn
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Goldsmiths, University of LondonUK
  2. 2.University of JohannesburgSouth Africa

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