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Desiring the Common in the Post-crisis Metropolis: Insurgencies, Contradictions, Appropriations

  • Theresa Enright
  • Ugo Rossi
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Abstract

Drawing on Marxist-Deleuzian-Spinozian scholarship, in this chapter we analyse the ambivalent politics of desire for the common in the post-crisis ‘biopolitical metropolis.’ In doing so, we first examine how different urban forces—mass justice movements, on the one hand, and capitalist economies, on the other hand—have fostered a ‘communist desire’ for the urban political understood as a space of the common within the post-recession transition; we then point to the contradictions that have allowed the populist backlash to emerge in the second half of the 2010s as a distorted manifestation of the politics of the common. In the conclusion, we turn back to what we call the ‘spirit of 2011,’ calling for a cross-sectional ‘politics of joyful encounter’ aimed at challenging the negative sentiments of chauvinist-communitarian populism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theresa Enright
    • 1
  • Ugo Rossi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Urban and Regional Studies and PlanningUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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