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DisappointmentToward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding$
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Jarrett Zigon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823278237

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823278237.001.0001

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Worlds and Situations

Worlds and Situations

(p.72) Chapter 3 Worlds and Situations

Jarrett Zigon

Fordham University Press

Chapter three shows how the anti-drug war movement’s conception of the drug war offers a new way of conceiving the focus of political activity. In contrast to the individualized and bounded issues and identities that much politics of the a priori focuses upon, a politics of worldbuilding begins with situations in worlds. Using the drug war as an example of a situation, this chapter delineates the characteristics of a situation and argues that worlds are nothing other than an assemblage of multiple situations and the existents that are intertwined with them. It is argued that this focus on situations allows politics to remain open-ended rather than closed and short sighted; demands strategies, tactics, and aims that emerge from a situation rather than an a priori conception of humanity; and as a result, is enacted as a politics of becoming rather than being. The chapter ends by showing how this notion of politics can also be used to address other political demands of our time, for example, the Anthropocene.

Keywords:   Anthropocene, drug war, situations, worldbuilding, worlds

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