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What Comes after Entanglement?: Activism, Anthropocentrism, and an Ethics of Exclusion

What Comes after Entanglement?: Activism, Anthropocentrism, and an Ethics of Exclusion

by Eva Haifa Giraud

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Overview

By foregrounding the ways that human existence is bound together with the lives of other entities, contemporary cultural theorists have sought to move beyond an anthropocentric worldview. Yet as Eva Haifa Giraud contends in What Comes after Entanglement?, for all their conceptual power in implicating humans in ecologically damaging practices, these theories can undermine scope for political action. Drawing inspiration from activist projects between the 1980s and the present that range from anticapitalist media experiments and vegan food activism to social media campaigns against animal research, Giraud explores possibilities for action while fleshing out the tensions between theory and practice. Rather than an activist ethics based solely on relationality and entanglement, Giraud calls for what she describes as an ethics of exclusion, which would attend to the entities, practices, and ways of being that are foreclosed when other entangled realities are realized. Such an ethics of exclusion emphasizes foreclosures in the context of human entanglement in order to foster the conditions for people to create meaningful political change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478006251
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 10/18/2019
Series: a Cultural Politics book Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Eva Haifa Giraud is Lecturer in Media at Keele University (United Kingdom).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Articulations
2. Uneven Burdens of Risk
3. Performing Responsibility
4. Hierarchies of Care
5. Charismatic Suffering
6. Ambivalent Popularity
Conclusion: An Ethics of Exclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

What People are Saying About This

Cyberprotest: Environmental Activism Online - Jenny Pickerill


What Comes after Entanglement? is an exciting and novel book. It is unique in its combination of innovative theoretical explorations of activism and social change with suggestions for practical political interventions. Crucially, Eva Haifa Giraud explores the messy practicalities of activism. The findings and significance of her book go far beyond the case study focus on a broad variety of animal activism since the 1980s, which weaves together different times and places in really interesting ways.”

Death of the PostHuman: Essays on Extinction - Claire Colebrook


“Eva Haifa Giraud does not accept relationality theory without question. The force of her work is her seeing theory as in need of a thinking-through that does not simply apply it to situations, but instead sees the situated work of activism as rendering our notion of theory and relationality in a more nuanced fashion. I don't know of any other text that follows through on the activist potentials in the theories Giraud draws from as much as this one does. An impressive work.”