Of excrementality: ecanomie, signification and autoimmunity

Richards, Anthony (2013) Of excrementality: ecanomie, signification and autoimmunity. Canadian Journal of Communication, 38 (4). ISSN 0705-3657

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In this study I concentrate on a substantial remachining of Bataille’s notion of a sovereign ‘accursed share’ of general economy by adding a theoretical dimension that I propose to term ‘Ecanomie’ which, I will argue, suspends the traditional moral-numerical restrictions of a hitherto dominant economic housing. The lodging here of this portmanteau is coined to uncannily combine the previously separate concepts of ‘economy’ and ‘anomie’ into something that suspends the classical modeling of each. As well as converting these discursive positions of Bataille’s to the benefit of outlining this recent historical turn I will also be utilising Heidegger’s quasi-corporeal take on ‘Signification’ to uncover the concrete reconfigurations of embodied worldview that such ecanomic acts formally indicate or entail. Signification, it is argued, is not some abstract upper layer or mere outer ontic shell of representation, but a materially networked substance that works-over all individual comportments. I will finally explore this substantively through the optic of Derrida’s deployment of biopolitical ‘Autoimmunity’, here in the concrete re-signification of ‘the suicidal’ within social networking ecanomic technologies of the self.

Additional Information:Issue: The "Greening" of Communication
Keywords:Communication, Ecanomie, Anomie, Economy, Excess, Signification, Excrementality, Excessive world picture, Derrida
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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ID Code:9815
Deposited On:10 Jun 2013 17:00

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