Arab Spring Between Biopolitics And Democratic Uprising Of The People……
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Arab Spring Between Biopolitics And Democratic Uprising Of The People
How are we now to interpret the phenomena of the so-called Arab Spring, i.e. a series of turbulent uprisings throughout the Arab world, which have not only structurally shaken the political order, producing political earthquakes of extraordinary dimensions, but have also appeared as theoretical and practical symbols of the birth of a new world, as events which surpass local frameworks and potentially expand beyond all existing borders? Are we faced with authentic opposition to multiple forms of domestic and foreign imperial politics, with the democratic uprisings of the people against totalitarian regimes? Or is something very different at stake – a biopolitical process which actually suggests the continuity and strengthening of the neoliberal trans-national Atlantic order in Africa? And how far is justified the thesis that the original becoming of political subjectivities is here taking place, i.e. that a form of “Arab Enlightenment” has reached its peak, bringing forth a particular political self-consciousness and emancipation? And how much truth lies in the insistence that this is an exemplary case of contemporary political virtualities, of the simulation and production of a quasi-democratic revolution, whereas, in reality, we witness strong influence of mostly particular Western interests in these areas? What are the causes and what are the effects of political and cultural, essential and existential, conceptual and material transformations of the Arab world which are taking place in front of our eyes?
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