Isabell Lorey is a political theorist at the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, and co-editor of transversal texts. She is Professor for Gender Politics at the Institute for Political Science of the University of Kassel. She taught social and cultural sciences, feminist and postcolonial theory at the Humboldt-University in Berlin and the Universities of Vienna and Basel. Her research interests focus on the precarization of labour and life in neoliberalism, social movements, critical theory of democracy and representation, and political immunization. Her recent books include: Figuren des Immunen (2011), Regierung der Prekären (2012) and Kognitiver Kapitalismus (2012).
Precarization und Care-Citizenship
The hierarchization of refugees and the ensuing allocation of rights are about the distinction between labour and care – an entanglement that is constitutive for the development of liberal-capitalist societies in Europe. A basic pillar of these societies is the idea of the autonomous individual and its concept of free labour. In this deeply racialized, gendered, and heterosexualized entanglement, the needs of protection and care are warded off, devalued, domesticated, feminizised. It is a logic, that in spite of its modifications, we continue to face today. When we think of current forms of precarization this has to be the background to understand the politico-economic crisis we are now experiencing. On a multi-dimensional level, the regime of precarization constitutes the different entanglements of labor, autonomy, and care in capitalism and their function within governmentality. When subjectivation has become capitalizable, autonomy turned into an instrument of government, and emancipation is trapped in neoliberal ideas of health, the challenge today is not just to invent new forms of organization and new strategies of resistance. More than that, we have to invent a fundamentally new way of organizing our living together. That is, how could a living together look like, based on a commonly shared precariousness, on care rights and on care-citizenship?
Decapitating Capitalism asks is there a world after capitalism and what could it look like? Can we invent new ways of living together based on a shared precariousness? How can social sciences and speculative fiction help us to imagine new roads to the future?
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Nina Power is a cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator. Power teaches Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art....
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Peter Frase is a writer and editor at Jacobin magazine, one of the largest left-wing publications in the United States. He has written about work, labor, technology, and the future of capitalism.