Arena Journal

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No. 51/52, 2018

The Map Here Is Useless?: Transformations of Resistance in Ramallah
What Do I Know of Ramallah?I have visited Ramallah twice. Each visit as memorable as the other. On both occasions I was issued with a map, and on neither occasion did it serve any practical use. A map of Ramallah is not a map to be taken literally. I...
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Society against the State as Society against Surplus
This contribution to the special issue of Arena Journal on the question of 'humanity: surplus to requirements' revisits the arguments of Pierre Clastres, a French anthropologist who studied with Claude Lévi-Strauss and died prematurely at the age of...
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Utilitarian Life: Shifting Biopolitics and the Life–Economy Nexus
IntroductionThe notion of a surplus humanity - or surplus life - as the theme for this special issue, and as explored in relation to contemporary capitalism,1 is a biopolitical concept: it concerns a biopolitical separation of life into categories according...
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