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The RejectCommunity, Politics, and Religion after the Subject$
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Irving Goh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262687

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262687.001.0001

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Prolegomenon to Reject Politics

Prolegomenon to Reject Politics

From Voyous to Becoming-Animal

(p.162) 4 Prolegomenon to Reject Politics
The Reject

Irving Goh

Fordham University Press

This chapter underscores the fact that the contemporary world has recently witnessed the militant or even violent rise of rejects as a political phenomenon: the 2011 Arab Spring revolution; and the 99% who protested against unequal wealth distribution. These events suggest a political potentiality of rejects, which Derrida recognizes by turning to the “rogue” or voyou. It is from the voyou, who idly roams the streets and is despised by civil society – hence some form of reject, that one begins thinking how democratic hospitality can accommodate this figure, or to critique the State’s monopoly over violent force that it deploys to neutralize the supposed threat the voyou poses to the State’s sovereignty. To bring democratic thinking further, especially to push it beyond anthropologic and anthropocentric limits, which tend to evacuate all considerations of animals, this chapter also elucidates the political potentiality of Deleuze and Guattari’s “becoming-animal.” With the latter, a more just response to injustice can be in place, where democratic institutions do not exclude animality or animal voices and silences, or require that these animal conditions be translated into rational, human speech before institutions are willing to intervene or address an injustice done to a being.

Keywords:   Politics, Citizen-Subject, Rogues, Without-Part, Becoming-Animal, Sovereignty, Etienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière, Deleuze and Guattari, Occupy

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