The first paragraph of a chapter I wrote on “The Commons,” for a forthcoming edited volume on gender and nature.
If ‘decolonizing’ the theories and practices around #occupy are to have any meaning, then presumably that involves being serious about the ways in which the reigning concepts of Western philosophy continue to shape a sense of politics, economics and, not least, the re/production of the capitalist form of value.
Implicit or not, there persists a view of capitalism in which the border is understood as extraneous to the inherent tendencies of capital. In this, capital and the state are regarded as distinctive logics, the first inclined to overtake limits, the second emphasising limit as such. […]
in South Atlantic Quarterly, 111:4, pp. 763-83 (2012).
Published, Mute, December 20, 2011. Also below
Full text from Cultural Studies Review, volume 18 number 1 March 2012, pp.153–73.