Strength and Fragility of Disidentified Subjects. Reflections on Political Subjectivation

Ciencia Política. 2015;10(19):151-166 DOI 10.15446/cp.v10n19.52376


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Journal Title: Ciencia Política

ISSN: 1909-230X (Print); 2389-7481 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Society/Institution: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political institutions and public administration (General) | Political science: Political science (General)

Country of publisher: Colombia

Language of fulltext: Spanish, French, English

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Valentine Le Borgne de Boisriou (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Universidad París 7 - Diderot, París, Francia.)


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This publication presents the results of a research project on forms of political subjectivity in social movements. Conducting this research required a double disciplinary field, calling on the one hand on contemporary political philosophy, particularly the thought of Jacques Rancière, and on the other authors of the corpus of political sociology, drawing specifically on an axis of research formed in Argentina on popular and territorial mobilizations. Between 2009 and 2012, I conducted a field research on the territorial organization of Gran Buenos Aires. The objective was to elucidate the modes of mobilization of people in precarious situations, starting from their entry into the organization to the particularities of their mobilization. Taking as a starting point the power relations produced by these movements, there arose, in the course of the investigation, a reflection on the conditions of production of a certain type of subject in the struggle. In this article I propose to analyze this reflection in terms of political subjectivation. In this sense, I will present one of the most significant life stories obtained during the field study. This story will be used to explain the dimension of uprooting that accompanies the irruption of politics in one’s existence. Taking thus the experience of disidentification as a fundamental element of political subjectivation, I hope to deepen the understanding of its existential effects as well as the effects in political philosophy as to the analytical complexity that a work on concrete experiences implies.