To be is to be ruled
mutually constitutive images"
Dr Grant Duncan
Paper presented to the School of Social and Cultural Studies
Massey University Albany
31 March 2010
This paper dwells on the following propositions: Being someone – being a recognised person or subject – is an effect of being ruled. But also, the constituting of the Sovereign is an effect of imagining a ‘people’ – a collectivity of non-identical identities, or subjects – to be ruled over, and, as necessary, to be ‘ruled out’. Agamben’s theory of the state of exception will support this discussion, along with several exceptional examples.
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