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Trzak, Agnes
Languages: English
Types: Doctoral thesis
I explore opportunities for political activism from a feminist antispeciesist\ud perspective. I reconcile the two often separated fields of academia and activism by\ud examining theoretical conceptualisations of political action and their application to lived\ud realities. I specifically focus on depicting processes of objectification utilised by the\ud dominant culture. I offer a feminist critique of normative discourses regarding political\ud action and countercultural\ud organising, that are based on our understanding of the\ud Public Sphere as an arena of rationality, debate, diplomacy and equality.I expose public\ud sphere discourse as a means of reproducing dominant processes of objectification and\ud othering.\ud In other words, I argue that our understanding of political action in fact\ud contributes to the hierarchical categorisation of all life and thus the exclusion of the\ud minoritarian from political action. This is due to the fact that our understanding of the\ud political is utterly based on an anthropocentric masculinist, or what I term (hu)man\ud world view. To allow for a truly nonhierarchical\ud and just sociopolitical\ud economy, I urge\ud not only to include human identity dimensions such as gender, disability, race and class\ud in our political thinking, but also to extend our consideration to other species, and thus\ud make our resistance not only a feminist, antiracist,\ud anticlassist\ud and antiableist\ud one but\ud also an antispeciesist\ud one.\ud I do so by exploring Patricia MacCormack's conceptualisation of the ahumanÍž a\ud state of divorcing resistance to normativity from a focus on the oppressed and shifting\ud towards a definition and dismantling of the privileged, (hu)man. I arrive at this\ud conclusion by exploring possibilities of emancipation, which, I argue, are found in\ud dismantling the majoritarian subject instead of actively improving the minoritarian\ud position. I thus suggest to move away from a phallogocentric humanist system of\ud signification, based on representation and instead work towards the undoing of (hu)man\ud texts.
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