Praxis Makes Perfect

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praxis (process) _the implementation of theoretical knowledge

Over the last two decades or so, a variety of writers have been sketching the contours of a new urban form, a phantasmagorical landscape characterized by fragmentation, near-instantaneous communication, privatized public spaces, highly stylized simulations, and the subordination of locality to the demands of a globalizing market culture. Atlanta is in many ways paradigmatic of this ageographic and generic urbanism. Its twenty-county metropolitan area encompasses a polynucleated sprawl of sylvan suburbs, slums, and shopping malls surrounding a central archipelago of fortified fantasy islands rising out of a sea of parking lots - the whole tenuously linked by expressways, television, and a fragmented sense of imagined communitas. As such, it provides a fertile ground for investigating the play of culture, power, identity, and place within a ‘non-place urban realm.’

Absence of emotions neither causes nor promotes rationality. […] In order to respond reasonably one must first of all be ‘moved,’ and the opposite of emotional is not ‘rational,’ whatever that may mean…

—Arendt, ‘On Violence’, in Crises of the Republic, pg. 161 (via shitrichcollegekidssay)

(Source: feelingpolitical, via violencegang)

Jacques Ranciere comments that precarity is the condition of the proletariat as such, and thus is at least as old as the proletariat under capitalism, and probably older. Second, precarity or security is always a relative matter. The relative security of the proletariat at different moments in history is the result of class struggle. Third, moments of relative security are rarely moments of security for the entire global proletariat. Rather, they are moments of security for certain sectors of the proletariat. While these changes are tremendously important, it’s not clear to me that these changes should be taken as defining new eras. The continuities for other sectors – often the majority – of the proletariat are just as important, for instance the long running precarity of those who perform the majority of the predominantly unwaged and feminized labors of reproduction. I’m a bit nervous that focusing on the newly precaritized – and treating all precarities as identical – will obfuscate some hierarchies and social stratifications invisible and thus render them harder to eliminate.