Marxism, Martyrdom, Memory

Banu Bargu

in Starve and Immolate

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780231163408
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231538114 | DOI:
Marxism, Martyrdom, Memory

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This chapter analyzes necroresistance by looking into the discourses and practices of human weapons, their cultural world, values, rituals, and myths. It discusses the political cosmology that encompasses the experience of self-destructive practices and its traditions. Self-destruction generates a new order of practices, meanings, and values that sustain the radical political community which advocates the weaponization of life as a form of political action. The chapter traces a dialectic between the living and the dead, along with three stages of such dialectic: (1) the transition of the militant to martyrdom; (2) the fusion of the militant and the martyr in the dead body; and (3) the movement of the martyr into a new stage of militancy through its appropriation by the living and incorporation into practices of everyday life.

Keywords: necroresistance; self-destructive practices; human weapons; militant; martyrdom

Chapter.  19880 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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