Unformatted text preview: oliticization of identities to begin with -- who articulate a sense of political life before it becomes named or names
itself by identifying with this or that category. Arendt, Agamben and Fanon give us some clues as to how to reconceive
politics and community in radical ways that disrupt the association between politics and identity, community and
the common, sovereign power and mere existence. Several noteworthy points of resonance can be found especially between Agamben and
Fanon; both of whom express an affirmation of life lived in an altered relation to politics and to other living beings. Politicized Identity K - Link/Impact
Affirming racial identity – victim or perpetrator - causes genocide and prevents progress
Enns 7 (Diane, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy and Peace Studies, McMaster University, “Political
Life Before Identity”, Theory & Event 10:1, Project Muse, og)
In his formidable analysis of the Rwandan genocide, Mahmood Mamdani concludes that political identities are artifacts. This does not mean there are
not real victims or real perpetrators, but that continuing to act in the name of an identity once an economy of
violence has sprung out of the binary logic of victim and perpetrator , or friend and enemy, does not enable political
transformation, but prevents it. The great crime of colonialism, from this perspective, went beyond the expropriation of the native; "the greater crime
was to politicize indigeneity in the first place."...
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