Saturday, September 03, 2011

Jacques Ranciere: Political Dissensus

Political dissensus is not a discussion between speaking people who would confront their interests and values. It is a conflict about who speaks and who does not speak, about what has to be heard as the voice of pain and what has to be heard as an argument on justice. And this is also what 'class war' means: not the conflict between groups which have opposite economic interests, but the conflict about what an 'interest' is, the struggle between those who set themselves as able to manage social interests and those who are supposed to be only able to reproduce their life. (2)

Ranciere, Jacques. "The Thinking of Dissensus." Reading Ranciere. ed. Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp. NY: Continuum, 2011: 1-17.

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