By Michael K. Middleton
The results of part a century of intensified tactics of neoliberal
globalization announce themselves in starting to be inequalities in prosperous facilities of world
trade and in impoverished websites populated via exploited groups and assets.
Political upheavals, social marginalizations, and fiscal insecurities brought by way of
these disasters in either the worldwide South and the worldwide North represent a tenuous
common flooring among diversified collectivities of fight.
This dissertation takes this capability universal flooring among disparate
communities marginalized through neoliberalism as a terrain on which to discover attainable
solidarities among those ‘singularities of struggle.’ It asks how neighborhood struggles waged via
communities within the international North and worldwide South contest and steer clear of the stipulations of
neoliberalism, and what types of political id, collective identifications, and
micropolitical energy are invented in those struggles.
To solution those questions, Deleuze and Guattari’s “State-form” and “war-machine” are mobilized as severe instruments for conceptualizing how neoliberalism
universalist assumptions are manifested in singular events. specific consciousness is
given to the universally-singular expressions of fabric poverty, differential inclusion,
and subordination wrought by way of neoliberal globalization, and the demanding situations those
conditions create for theorizing universal topoi of oppositional discourse, together with
identity, collectivity, and tool.
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Becoming War-Machines: Neoliberalism, Critical Politics and Singularities of Struggle by Michael K. Middleton