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Ilan Kapoor and Zahi Zalloua

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197607619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197607619.001.0001

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What a (Negative) Universal Politics Might Look Like Today

What a (Negative) Universal Politics Might Look Like Today

(p.119) 4 What a (Negative) Universal Politics Might Look Like Today
Universal Politics

Ilan Kapoor

Zahi Zalloua

Oxford University Press

This chapter pursues further the stakes of a universal politics in a variety of case studies that serve as key global sites of resistance and antagonism, spanning the West and the East, or the global North and South. It considers the ways the diverse phenomena of climate change, refugee crises, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, political Islam, Bolivia under Morales, the European Union, and Covid-19 open up emancipatory spaces when they manage to short-circuit the democratic liberal script, exhorting us to see to what extent the script works against (most of) us. To that end, the revolutionary potential of these events lies in their capacity to shake our postpolitical myopia by inciting us to read politically and dialectically—to read with an eye for capital and political economy, race and gender, and the libidinal economy that subtends their global circulation.

Keywords:   negative universality, sites of resistance, race, gender, political economy, environment, revolution, libidinal economy

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