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Power and Feminist Agency in CapitalismToward a New Theory of the Political Subject$
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Claudia Leeb

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190639891

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190639891.001.0001

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The When of Sociopolitical Transformation

The When of Sociopolitical Transformation

The Moment of the Limit

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Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism

Claudia Leeb

Oxford University Press

“The When of Sociopolitical Transformation: The Moment of the Limit” introduces the idea of the moment of the limit to engage with the first tension inherent in the idea of the political subject—the tension between the idea of a free and autonomous subject that is not impacted by power, and the idea of a subject as completely subjected to power. It acknowledges the ways in which subjects are subjected to power in capitalism, but avoids postulating the idea of a subjected subject through theorizing the moment of the limit, which it accomplishes through a reading of the real (Lacan) and the non-identical (Adorno). The moment of the limit is the moment when power fails to completely subject or subordinate individuals, and at this moment the political subject with the capacity to not only resist but to transform the status quo can emerge.

Keywords:   subordination, subjection, political subject, unconscious, power, agency, capitalism, subject and object, mediation

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