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Violence, what use is it?

By Anselm Jappe: What is the most visible form of violence in France? For someone who regularly travels all over Europe the first image of violence one sees on arriving at a station or an airport is the police.  I have never seen so many police in France as there are presently, especially in Paris; […]

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O enigma do precariado e a nova temporalidade histórica do capital – Parte 3

Por Giovanni Alves: “Ser precário é isso: é ter um futuro continuamente hipotecado; ser precário é viver mesmo o dia-a-dia, mesmo o dia-a-dia, quase hora-a-hora. Ser precário é a impossibilidade de fazer um plano e de ter a certeza relativa que eu vou poder concretiza-lo.” No video-documentário Precários Inflexíveis (Praxis Video, 2012), tornou-se recorrente nos depoimentos […]

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Capitalizing on Bare Life: Sovereignty, Exception, and Gender Politics

By Jennifer Fluri: [EXCERPT] The reduction of civilian lives (in conflict zones) to zoe may also be economized through death, such as the military collateralization of civilian bodies. Remittances paid to the families of civilians killed by US coalition forces exemplify the monetary value placed on death, in contrast to civilian life. This form of […]

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Inferno Precário

Por Ruy Braga: “Ao invés de ficar declarando que a desocupação do Pinheirinho foi uma ‘ barbárie’, a única coisa realmente séria que a presidenta Dilma Rousseff poderia fazer seria usar o Ministério das Cidades para desapropriar a área e devolvê-la aos moradores do bairro.” — No exato momento em que as crises europeia e […]

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Misusing the City Statute in São Paulo

By Patricia Rodrigues Samora*: The City Statute and subsequent São Paolo Master Plan were seen as victories for the housing movement, but the city and state governments of São Paulo, and to a certain extent the federal government, seem to have chosen another way to build the future of our cities. This is a future […]

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Opportunities and Risks

By Manuel DeLanda: How do animals perceive their material environments? This question is intimately related to another one: what opportunities for action are supplied to an animal by its environment? The complementarity of the two questions points to the fact that when it comes to animal perception it is the interaction of organic bodies and […]

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Le gouvernement de l’insécurité

Entretien avec Andrea Cortellessa, Par Giorgio Agamben: Dans une interview accordée à La Repubblica , Giuliano Amato, le ministre de l’intérieur italien et promoteur d’une « initiative pour la sécurité », a déclaré que, sur le thème de la sécurité, il n’est pas besoin de faire intervenir la « philosophie » parce que « tout […]

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Gli ultimi saranno gli ultimi

Nuove (e vecchie) logiche securitarie. A partire dall’inchiesta sul sistema degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari di Dario Stefano Dell’Aquila by Paolo Graziano Prima di tutto vennero a prendere gli zingari e fui contento, perché rubacchiavano. Poi vennero a prendere gli ebrei e stetti zitto, perché mi stavano antipatici. Poi vennero a prendere gli omosessuali, e fui […]

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Immunitarian Democracy

By Roberto Esposito 1. Does “community” refer to democracy? If not, could it or is it too deeply embedded in the conceptual lexicon of the Romantic, authoritarian and racist Right? This is the question, one already asked by American neo-communitarianism, that is emerging again in Europe at the precise moment when, some, especially in France […]

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India’s Trail of Tears

To justify a land grab, Delhi has a new enemy—the Maoists. By Arundhati Roy The low, flat-topped hills of south Orissa have been home to the Dongria Kondh long before there was a country called India or a state called Orissa. The hills watched over the Kondh. The Kondh watched over the hills and worshipped […]

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The Visual Construction of Criminality

RAB’s Photo Sessions and the Visual Construction of Criminality November 16th, 2009 Posted in Bangladesh, governance By Rahnuma Ahmed The title of my column is somewhat misleading, I think it’s best to state that right away. Intrigued by the press briefings that RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) offices hold every so often where `criminals’ are displayed alongwith crime artefacts […]

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An evening in Burqin

Published at Rabble, August 5, 2009. By Pierre Beaudet (Alternatives): The sun is slowly coming down in this northern West Bank village. We are really a few kilometers from Galilee just outside the green line. Around the city of Jenin and the nearby villages, a cluster of Israeli settlements remind us of the occupation, as […]

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Shoreditch and the creative destruction of the inner city

By Benedict Seymour: “Gentrification in London, a city now rated among the most expensive in the world, embodies the drive of a cannibalistic capitalism looking for ways to cut its costs in a period of declining profit rates and deepening national current account deficits: The search for new, cheaper use values (primarily space, but also […]

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Governing Global Slums: The Biopolitics of Target 11

By Tim Di Muzio “The technologies of the self found in global slums aim to cultivate the capacities of the poor and range from educating the self about sanitation and hygiene to undertaking skills training and learning to be responsible debtors, savers, and entrepreneurs. For instance, one of the most widespread modes of subjectification in […]

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Contours of the Neoliberal City: fragmentation, frontier geographies, and the new circularity

By Nasser Abourahme “The slum in and of itself creates a different kind of governmentality; AlSayyad and Roy point out that the apparently unregulated practices of squatting are in fact a distinct form of regulation, “a set of tactics that recreate informality as governmentality” [2006: 8]. This informality operates through the constant negotiability of value […]

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