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Title: When the slaves go marching out: indignation, invisible bodies, and political theorys
Authors: Del Lucchese, F
Keywords: Violence;Conflict;Migrations;Affects;Resistance;Indignation
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Citizenship Studies
Citation: Citizenship Studies, 2014, 18 (5), pp. 549 - 561
Abstract: In January 2010, hundreds of illegal migrants took to the streets of Rosarno in Italy for a violent protest against the acts of racism which they had routinely suffered. A collective subject, considered invisible, dared to revolt. These migrants are an anomaly in the social, legal, and political senses. Their revolt is an example of rebellions who constitute a litmus test for the discourse of citizenship; it reveals itself as a form of political subjectivity and highlights the corporeality of the conflict. Understanding the revolt also troubles the boundary between body discourses and traditional political theory. In this paper, I analyse the revolt through categories of contemporary political theory such as the ‘bare life’ of Giorgio Agamben, and the ‘disagreement’ of Jacques Rancière. I show how these categories only partially help to interpret the phenomenon of this uprising. However, the Spinozist concept of indignatio is a more useful intellectual tool to interpret and understand the phenomenon of the revolt of Rosarno.
ISSN: 1469-3593
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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