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politics that nonetheless represents itself as being in the service of the emancipation of the Black prison
slave. By examining the strategy and structure of the Black subject's absence in, and incommensurability with, the key categories of Gramscian theory, we come face
to face with three unsettling consequences: (1) The Black American subject imposes a radical incoherence upon the
assumptive logic of Gramscian discourse and on today's coalition politics. In other words, s/he implies a scandal. (2) The
Black subject reveals the inability of social movements grounded in Gramscian discourse to think of
white supremacy (rather than capitalism) as the base and thereby calls into question their claim to
elaborate a comprehensive and decisive antagonism. Stated another way, Gramscian discourse and coalition politics are indeed able to
imagine the subject that transforms itself into a mass of antagonistic identity formations, formations that can precipitate a crisis in wage slavery, exploitation, and
hegemony, but they are asleep at the wheel when asked to provide enabling antagonisms toward unwaged slavery, despotism, and terror. (3) We begin to see how
Marxism suffers from a kind of conceptual anxiety. There is a desire for som on the other side of crisis, a society that does away not with the category of worke...
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- Spring '14