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Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly
Author: Judith Butler

ISBN: 9780674967755
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 2 October 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.7 x 2.7
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Judith Butler elucidates the dynamics of public assembly under prevailing economic and political conditions, analyzing what they signify and how. Understanding assemblies as plural forms of performative action, Butler extends her theory of performativity to argue that precarity-the destruction of the conditions of livability-has been a galvanizing force and theme in today's highly visible protests.



Butler broadens the theory of performativity beyond speech acts to include the concerted actions of the body. Assemblies of physical bodies have an expressive dimension that cannot be reduced to speech, for the very fact of people gathering "says" something without always relying on speech. Drawing on Hannah Arendt's view of action, yet revising her claims about the role of the body in politics, Butler asserts that embodied ways of coming together, including forms of long-distance solidarity, imply a new understanding of the public space of appearance essential to politics.



Butler links assembly with precarity by pointing out that a body suffering under condition...

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