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Agonistic MourningPolitical Dissidence and the Women in Black$
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Athena Athanasiou

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420143

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420143.001.0001

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Epilogue: Agonistic Re-Membering of the Political

Epilogue: Agonistic Re-Membering of the Political

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(p.289) Epilogue: Agonistic Re-Membering of the Political
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Agonistic Mourning
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Athena Athanasiou

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420143.003.0006

The concluding chapter provides a summary of the main argument that has been presented throughout the book. It further discusses the theme of how we might understand the politics of im/possible mourning as a means to refigure agonistic political subjectivity beyond sovereign accounts of agency. This theme has been developed in the book by exploring how the feminist and antimilitarist political collectivityWomen in Black (Žene u Crnom) in post-Yugoslavia turns mourning from a proper “feminine language” into a performative modality of aporia critically engaging with the intelligibility of the memorable and its gendered, ethnonational, and militarist configurations. The chapter outlines the thesis that vulnerability has to be rethought in its possibility of reworking the conditions by which it is marked in contexts of bodily duress, grief, and desire. Thinking (through) vulnerability together with performative agonism would prompt us to trouble the calculative, individualistic accounts that posit subjectivity in terms of sovereign will.

Keywords:   agonism, aporia, re-membering, the political, im/possible mourning, non-sovereign agency, vulnerability

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