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On the Antipolitical
This series stems from a discontent with the indictment of identity politics as antithetical to “real” politics. The political, in this conception, is aligned with the need to transcend markers of identity that are said to hinder class solidarity and the potential for coalition building. Yet appeals to move beyond identity tend to leave unexamined the gender and racial schemas that undergird the notion of universalism, hence overlooking—and refracting—legacies of violence and oppression. On the Antipolitical aims to confront capitalist hegemony but does not aspire toward an abstract polity. Challenging the persistence of colonial formations in contemporary theory, the series argues that discussions of identity do not subtract or divert from political struggle, but rather add to it. The series is edited by Ana Teixeira Pinto.