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Space, Politics and Aesthetics$
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Mustafa Dikeç

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685974

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685974.001.0001

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The Sublime Element in Politics

The Sublime Element in Politics

(p.106) Chapter 6 The Sublime Element in Politics
Space, Politics and Aesthetics

Mustafa Dikeç

Edinburgh University Press

The previous chapters show that, despite their differences, Arendt, Nancy and Rancière are committed to an understanding of politics that implies some form of generative rupture in the established order of things by opening up new spaces. Their politics is thus inaugurative and disruptive, emphasising a spatial unfolding that unsettles the established ways of sensing and making sense of the world. Following on from this observation, and from the book’s central argument that politics is about forms of perceiving the world and modes of relating to it, this final chapter argues that the disruption of established forms and modes is the sublime element in politics in so far as it unsettles our habitual and normalised ways of sensing and making sense of the world. This, however, isnot meant as an unconditional espousal of disruptive politics for the sake of disruption, but as a disruption in the name of equality that invites a reflective withdrawal from accepted givens, consolidated spaces and normalised practices by opening up new spaces.

Keywords:   disruption, equality, reflective withdrawal, spatial rupture, spatial unfolding, sublime

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