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Particularized Universality: From Aesthetics to Politics, and Back (in Ten Notes)

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In ten observations, this essay engages with the troubles of ‘identity politics’ and the ideologies of ‘diversity’ as manifested in the cultural logic of neo-liberalism and late capitalism. Instead of favoring ‘de-colonial’ and ‘neo-tribalist’ disruption, the essay maps out modes of relating politically as well as aesthetically, reading the former as a solidarity across identities, and the latter decidedly not as representation, but as capture of non-subjective forces. Therefore, aesthetics is not understood as transparent in a naïve fetishist logic of diversity. Instead, aesthetics appear as irreducible interventions that do not mirror an absence, but continually materialize processes in the world.

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Ritzer, I. (2023). Particularized Universality: From Aesthetics to Politics, and Back (in Ten Notes). In: Oloko, P., Ott, M., Simatei, P., Vierke, C. (eds) Decolonial Aesthetics II. Ästhetiken X.0 – Zeitgenössische Konturen ästhetischen Denkens. J.B. Metzler, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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