Intensive mobilities: figurations of the nomad in contemporary theory

Sutherland, Thomas (2014) Intensive mobilities: figurations of the nomad in contemporary theory. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32 (5). pp. 935-950. ISSN 0263-7758

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The figure of the nomad, representing the virtues of freedom, mobility, and exploration, is a frequently occurring trope within contemporary continental philosophy and social theory, derived chiefly from the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. This paper will interrogate the concept of nomadism, firstly in the philosophy of these two foundational thinkers, and then subsequently in the feminist and posthumanist theorizations of Rosi Braidotti. Whilst accepting that Braidotti's challenges to sedentarist, essentialist metaphysical accounts of the transcendental subject are still politically relevant, it will be argued that the deployment of the nomadic figure—and more generally, the positing of an ontology of creative desire, or ‘becoming’—risks not only absolutizing the historical contingencies of the digitized, postindustrial society that it seeks to criticize, but actually reinforcing the unsustainable ideology of perpetual production upon which such a society is premised.

Keywords:nomadism, subjectivity, capitalism, mobility, time, postindustrial society, normativity, philosophy, metaphysics, bmjconvert, NotOAChecked
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V510 Metaphysics
L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:27 Sep 2016 11:20

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