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Enjoy your fight! - fight club as a symptom of the network society.

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Journal publication date10/2002
JournalCultural Values
Journal number4
Volume6
Number of pages19
Pages349-367
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Focusing on the film Fight Club (Fincher 1999), the article deals with how microfascism persists in the network society in spite of its public denial. Considering microfascism as a line of flight with respect to the social bond, it asks what happens to the project of subversion when power itself goes nomadic and when the idea of transgression is solicited by the new "spirit of capitalism". It is argued that every social order has an obscene supplement that serves as the positive condition of its possibility, and that increasing reflexivity today is accompanied by (re)emerging nonsymbolic forms of authority. In this context, the article deals with the question of violence and relates this to the problematics of critique, flight and act(ion) in contemporary societies.