The Body Politic and the Process of Participation

Thomas Nail

in Returning to Revolution

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748655861
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676651 | DOI:
The Body Politic and the Process of Participation

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In Chapter 3, I thus argue that we can locate in Deleuze, Guattari and the Zapatistas a participatory strategy for creating a revolutionary body politic that is able to sustain these prefigurative transformations. A participatory body politic does not simply establish new conditions for political life based on a ‘more just’ sphere of political action whose foundational principles are still controlled by political representatives. Nor does a participatory body politic merely aim to establish anti-institutions, whose sole purpose is to undermine all forms of representation and await the possibility that something new, and hopefully better, may emerge. Rather, a participatory and revolutionary body politic is built and sustained through an expressive process whose founding conditions are constantly undergoing a high degree of direct and immanent transformation by the various practices and people who are also transformed, to varying degrees, by its deployment.

Keywords: Political Participation; Consistency; Immanence; Leading by Obeying

Chapter.  16730 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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