Sunday, April 11, 2010

To be is to be ruled

"To be is to be ruled: Identity and sovereignty as
mutually constitutive images"

Dr Grant Duncan

Paper presented to the School of Social and Cultural Studies
Massey University Albany
New Zealand
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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