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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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Who Changes the World

Who Changes the World

The Political Subject-in-Outline

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Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism

Claudia Leeb

Oxford University Press

Who Changes the World: The Political Subject-in-Outline” introduces the idea of the political subject-in-outline to creatively engage with the tension between the exclusionary character of the political subject and its necessity for agency. It explains why giving up on the subject altogether or theorizing it as a constantly shifting entity is implicated in the project of capitalism, and acknowledges the necessity of defining a political subject to critique and transform capitalism. Yet its outline reminds people that any definition of the political subject must remain permanently open for contestation to avoid its exclusionary character. This chapter also explains that the subject-in-outline aims to establish a mediated relation between the universal and particular, as well as mind and body. Furthermore, it shows that the idea of a political subject-in-outline can help people avoid alienation, instrumental relations, and the coldness of love in capitalism.

Keywords:   political subject, political collectivity, subordination, power, agency, subject and object, mediation, universal and particular

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