Educative power: the myth of dronic violence in a period of civil war

Neary, Mike (2015) Educative power: the myth of dronic violence in a period of civil war. Culture Machine, 16 . pp. 1-28. ISSN 1465-4121

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Abstract

This paper provides an exposition of police state (‘mythic’) violence through the optic of drone culture, in a moment when the police state has declared war against the civilian population. The moment is contextualised during a period of resistance by academics and students against the capitalist university in England 2010-2011, where the financialisation of academic and student life was seen as an act of intellectual vandalism. Grounded in Walter Benjamin’s concept of ‘educative power’ (1921) the paper asks what forms of revolutionary ‘divine’ violence are needed to disable the mythic violence of killing drones. Taking its cue from Benjamin Noys’ (2010) challenge to counter dronic violence as a negative collective agency through the abolition of capitalist work, the paper presents a collective form of action by a group of students and academics who have established their own critique of waged-labour, as a worker-student cooperative, the Social Science Centre, Lincoln. All of this is illustrated as a sort of social science fiction through a reading of China Mieville’s The City and the City (2011), where the Social Science Centre’s public subversion encounters the mythical power of the surveillance state as a concrete thought experiment.

Keywords:cooperative education, capitalist work, subversion, drone culture, violence, JCOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:19412
Deposited On:30 Oct 2015 10:38

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