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The Common GrowlToward a Poetics of Precarious Community$
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Thomas Claviez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270910.001.0001

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Two Examples of Recent Aesthetico-Political Forms of Community

Two Examples of Recent Aesthetico-Political Forms of Community

Occupy and Sharing Economy

(p.159) Two Examples of Recent Aesthetico-Political Forms of Community
The Common Growl

Dietmar Wetzel

Fordham University Press

This essay takes a programmatic look at the theoretical concerns posed regarding community, examining two different movements, the Occupy movement and the Sharing economy, in terms of interruptions or breaks in dominant structures. It continues to argue that it is possible to see these breaks with the perpetuating dominant structures as instances of the formation of a metonymic community. The spontaneity and spatial contiguity of such movements and moments are organized around the contingent circumstances of participants rather than mediated by an overarching structure. While the identification of such new and defiant structures is tantalizing, this paper exercises caution, taking into account the risks of thinking the collective. It does, however, assimilate these two exemplars of unfolding communal structures as defying any sort of master narrative, and in doing so, provides practical examples of thinking the contingent and the communal beyond an oppositional paradigm.

Keywords:   contingency, economy, metonymy, Occupy movement, Sharing economy

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