The cultural politics of exception
By focusing on the ontological notion of 'exceptionality' present in Agamben's oeuvre, rather than on 'states of exception', I adhere to the claim that Agamben's conceptual tools are relevant to the cultural analysis of settler-colonial societies. At its core, his work is sensitive to anxieties about decolonisation, though his concepts require some philosophical adaptation if this relevance is to be made explicit. My reading aims to supplement and expand Agamben's conceptual apparatus with insights from two sources: one is Esposito's 'immunitarian' paradigm; and the other is Deleuze and Guattari's politics of desire.
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