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Refusing the World: Silence, Commoning, and the Anthropocene

Kanngieser, A and Beuret, N (2017) 'Refusing the World: Silence, Commoning, and the Anthropocene.' South Atlantic Quarterly, 116 (2). 363 - 380. ISSN 0038-2876

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Abstract

This essay establishes silence as an ethical-political response to the Anthropocene. Silence is key to the making of commons, which frames the reinvention of ways of living and relating as a necessary response to the Anthropocene moment. Drawing from and intervening in autonomist Marxist debates on communicative labor, recent interdisciplinary work on Anthropocene ecologies, and writing on the violences of ongoing colonialism, the essay shows how silence in its diverse forms can be used to expand what commons might mean and what they might come to do in the present era. Mindful of the ambivalences of silence, it contends that the tensions inherent to its politics foster the suspension of assertions on how the world is, or how it should be. In this way, silence is argued as crucial to making spaces in which the proliferation of different ways of being can occur and from within which resistance against forms of cognitive capitalism, neo/colonialism, and the ecological destruction of the earth can take place.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: silence, commoning, cognitive capitalism, ecology, colonialism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 14:31
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 22:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20522

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