The Anomie of the Earth

Philosophy, Politics, and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas

The Anomie of the Earth

Book Pages: 280 Illustrations: Published: May 2015

Latin American Studies, Politics > Political Theory, Theory and Philosophy > Critical Theory

The contributors to The Anomie of the Earth explore the convergences and resonances between Autonomist Marxism and decolonial thinking. In discussing and rejecting Carl Schmitt's formulation of the nomos—a conceptualization of world order based on the Western tenets of law and property—the authors question the assumption of universal political subjects and look towards politics of the commons divorced from European notions of sovereignty. They contrast European Autonomism with North and South American decolonial and indigenous conceptions of autonomy, discuss the legacies of each, and examine social movements in the Americas and Europe. Beyond orthodox Marxism, their transatlantic exchanges point to the emerging categories disclosed by the collapse of the colonial and capitalist frameworks of Western modernity.

Contributors. Joost de Bloois, Jodi A. Byrd, Gustavo Esteva, Silvia Federici, Wilson Kaiser, Mara Kaufman, Frans-Willem Korsten, Federico Luisetti, Sandro Mezzadra, Walter D. Mignolo, Benjamin Noys, John Pickles, Alvaro Reyes, Catherine Walsh, Gareth Williams, Zac Zimmer


"Luisetti, Pickles, and Kaiser have put together a provocative collection of essays determined to identify and theorize an emerging anomic response to the neoliberal and globalizing tendencies of contemporary politics. . . . Its self-reflection makes Anomie of the Earth an exemplar of the project of talking back to Western hegemony, while remaining mindful of the pitfalls of trying to do so from within." — John Randolph LeBlanc, The Latin Americanist

"The Anomie of the Earth appears at a decisive moment in our appraisals of all things nomos, all things Schmittian. Thoughtful, incisive, and stunning in its breadth, the volume brilliantly makes the case for thinking about forms of life antagonistically, while intervening boldly in current debates running from biopolitics to the postcolonial. A volume absolutely not to be missed."
— Timothy Campbell, coeditor of Biopolitics: A Reader

"The Anomie of the Earth is an insightful and passionate call for a pluralist politics at a time when life and the Earth itself are at peril. By building bridges between two of the most daring traditions of epistemic and political experimentation, this volume gives new life to the ever elusive project of recasting the political along non-Eurocentric lines. What emerges from these pages is a tremendously enriched understanding of the relation between knowledge and action—a politics for the pluriverse."
— Arturo Escobar, author of Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World


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Federico Luisetti is Professor of Italian Studies, Comparative Literature, and Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Una vita: pensiero selvaggio e filosofia dell'intensità (A Life: Savage Thought and Philosophy of Intensity).

John Pickles is Earl N. Phillips Distinguished Professor of International Studies in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World.

Wilson Kaiser is Assistant Professor of English at Edward Waters College in Florida.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Foreword. Anomie, Resurgences, and De-Noming / Walter D. Mignolo vii

Introduction. Autonomy: Political Theory/Political Anthropology / Federico Luisetti, Wilson Kaiser, and John Pickles 1

Part I. Geographies of Autonomy

1. The Death of Vitruvian Man: Anomaly, Anomie, Autonomy / Joost De Bloois 25

2. Sovereignty, Indigeneity, Territory: Zapatista Autonomy and the New Practices of Decolonization / Alvaro Reyes and Mara Kaufman 44

Part II. Indigeneity and Commons

3. Enclosing the Enclosers: Autonomous Experiences from the Grassroots-beyond Development, Globalization and Postmodernity / Gustavo Esteva 71

4. Life and Nature "Otherwise": Challenges from the Abya-Yalean Andes / Catherine E. Walsh 93

5. Mind the Gap: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Antinomies of Empire / Jodi A. Byrd 119

6. The Enclosure of the Nomos: Appropriation and Conquest in the New World / Zac Zimmer 137

Part III. Forms of Life

7. Decontainment: The Collapse of the Katechon and the End of Hegemony / Gareth Williams 159

8. The Savage Ontology of Insurrection: Negativity, Life, and Anarchy / Benjamin Noys 174

9. Unreasonability, Style, and Pretiosity / Frans-Willem Korsten 192

10. Re-enchanting the World: Technology, the Body, and the Construction of the Commons / Silvia Federici 202

Afterword. Resonances of the Common / Sandro Mezzadra 215

Bibliography 227

Contributors 247

Index 251
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-5893-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-5921-0
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