Articulations of Self and Politics in Activist Discourse: A by Jan Zienkowski

By Jan Zienkowski

This publication specializes in the discursive approaches that permit activists to make feel of themselves and of the modes of politics they interact in. It indicates how political and metadiscursive information strengthen in tandem with a reconfiguration of one’s experience of self. the writer deals an built-in pragmatic and poststructuralist point of view on self and subjectivity. He attracts on Essex kind discourse concept, early pragmatist philosophy, and linguistic pragmatics, arguing for a thought of discourse as a multi-dimensional perform of articulation. Demonstrating the analytical energy of this attitude, he places his method of paintings in an research of activist discourse on integration and minority matters in Flanders, Belgium. matters articulate an entire variety of norms, values, identities and narratives to one another once they have interaction in political discourse. This ebook bargains the way to examine the logics that constitution political understanding and the linked barriers for discursive self-interpretation.

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One can do this by becoming ever more pious, but he also suggests that one does not necessarily “need a religion to do so”. One can also claim “a place” on the basis of one’s “individuality as identity”. Issam paints a complex intellectual canvas and articulates multilayered relationships between politico-academic signifiers such as culture, identity and individuality into a narrative about a preferred mode of subjectivity and politics. His notion of conquering “a place” in society on the basis of one’s “individuality as identity” confused me though.

Excerpt 14 – 30/06/3008 In the excerpt above, Mohamed points out that generally speaking, the Moroccan or Islamic “community” is not “politically active” or “aware” in spite of the fact that we live in a “political climate” in which basic identifications along ethnic, national and religious line constitute political statements. The only way to consider people and groups to be apolitical is to restrict the meaning of politics in a particular way. In the excerpt above, this is achieved by narrowing the definition of politics to activism.

As such, the concept of ‘identity’ may be embedded in sociopolitical or philosophical theories about human subjectivity. It may also be used rather intuitively since it is frequently linked to a whole set of 12 Articulations of Self and Politics in Activist Discourse other categories such as ‘culture’ or ‘individuality’. Moreover, individualised usage of such politico-academic categories does not come out of nowhere. Utterances are always embedded in histories of use through which individuals link up with others and organise themselves ideologically.

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