Apparatuses of (De-)politicization: Contemporary Socio-Political Movements and the Neoliberal Transformation of Politics
In this article, I take issue with proposals that advocate overcoming the crisis of political representation by democratizing structures of representation as to include the people in processes of decision-making. These accounts, I argue, neglect taking into account the depoliticizing neoliberal transformations of liberal democratic government and its subjects. I argue that horizontalizing representation can be a means of re-politicization – as part of a more fundamental project of re-politicizing society and life – but must not be taken as a sufficient goal in itself. Rather, I argue that our primary focus should be on re-politicizing spaces to facilitate the generation of political thought and action and thus allow for the re-politicization of subjects capable of bearing the responsibility of inclusive forms of representation.
Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen