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Remnants and revenants: politics and violence in the work of Agamben and Derrida

Frazer, Elizabeth and Hutchings, Kimberly (2011) Remnants and revenants: politics and violence in the work of Agamben and Derrida. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 13 (2). pp. 127-144. ISSN 1369-1481

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Abstract

Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben both consider the question of whether there can be politics without violence, offering contrasting responses. In the case of Agamben, the remnant (that which remains) is disruptive and destabilising of present institutions; in the case of Derrida the revenant, the spectre, promises a future that is open. This reading of the two theories suggests that Derrida's response to the question of politics and violence is more persuasive than Agamben's. But the abstraction of his argument, like the tensions and contradictions in Agamben's, means that we are not hereby furnished with the resources to think politically about violence.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1369-1481
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors. British Journal of Politics and International Relations © 2010 Political Studies Association
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 13:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36065/

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