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Becoming- work

Nicholas Owen

in Other People's Struggles

Published in print September 2019 | ISBN: 9780190945862
Published online July 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190945893 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190945862.003.0011
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Chapter 11 describes a new approach to adherence. Earlier chapters have examined the various forms of work that social movements do and asked whether and when such work can be pursued conjointly, by adherents as well as constituents. Chapter 11 reverses the question and looks beyond the answers so far given. It asks: what else would the work have to be, in order for it to be possible for adherents and constituents to pursue it conjointly? It defines a sixth approach, beyond the five already discussed in chapter 10—which it terms “becoming- work,” drawing on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. It assesses the implication of becoming- work for the older dilemmas of adherence and describes some contemporary and emerging examples of the approach in alter-globalization politics and queer theory.

Keywords: constituent; adherent; becoming; becoming-; Deleuze; Guattari; alter-globalization; queer theory

Chapter.  7327 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology ; Social Movements and Social Change ; Political Sociology

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