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Social movements, squatting and communality: ethical practices and re‐subjecti cation processes
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0172-2609
2019 (English)In: Subjectivity, ISSN 1755-6341, E-ISSN 1755-635X, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 154-170Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores openings for re-subjectification in a case of a house squat for free culture. Combining Lacanian discourse theory and the ‘ontology of political possibilities’, I explore how political subjectivities might (trans)form during such a process. Through interviews with participating squatters, the analysis suggests that this theoretical and methodological framing can capture moments of re-subjectification that are often overlooked. Via the performance of democratic values, a community knowledge became embodied in the subjects, which arguably carries the possibility of a redirection of desire, away from individualism and towards cultivating their political subjects towards communality. The squat can be read as a process of cultivating a shared identification with, and desire for, commonality, democracy and the possibility of a different relationship with the participants’ political lives. This analysis thus contribute to acknowledging openings for re-subjectification in cases that at first glance are dismissed as failures.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 154-170
Keywords [en]
re-subjectification, failure, political subjectivity, psychoanalysis. possibilities, house squat
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Gender Studies
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gender studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158156DOI: 10.1057/s41286-019-00067-8ISI: 000469515300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158156DiVA, id: diva2:1304919
Available from: 2019-04-15 Created: 2019-04-15 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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