Assemblages and the Un-Timeliness of Democratic Commitments


Jacques Rancière, it seems to me, is right: politics are rare (Rancière 1999; May 2008). Democratic political action makes manifest the part that has no part—not as a protest against the policing order but its rejection through the affirmation of the equality of speaking beings. How can such an affirmation be supported? How can it endure? Perhaps affirming this democratic commitment can find, through the notion of assemblages, an ally, a space encouraging its manifestation and eluding capture by that which speaks in its name and allots it its place.

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