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Power and Feminist Agency in CapitalismToward a New Theory of the Political Subject$
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Claudia Leeb

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190639891

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190639891.001.0001

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What Makes Us Rebel

What Makes Us Rebel

Suffering Reconsidered

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Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism

Claudia Leeb

Oxford University Press

What Makes Us Rebel: Suffering Reconsidered” draws on Marx to expose the suffering capitalism causes—alienation, exploitation, and isolation—and explains how such suffering is connected to discourse. It also explains Marx’s notion of the commodity fetish that exposes that people are not completely subjected or subordinated by capitalist power structures, which allows them to envision agency. It introduces a new concept of suffering to further theorize such agency and to establish a mediated relation between mind and body. To do so it returns to Adorno and Lacan to explain the ways in which the moment of the limit (non-identity and the real) is connected to the unbearable physical moment of suffering in capitalism that spurs people on social change.

Keywords:   mind and body, mediation, alienation, isolation, exploitation, capitalism, suffering, unconscious, sociopolitical change

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