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Terror as Potentiality: The Affective Rhythms of the Political

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>24/06/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal for Cultural Research
Issue number4
Volume22
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)412-426
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The paper addresses the ways in which the cultural, the affective and the political intersect, counter and/or feed upon one another in the context of contemporary terror. Initially, building upon Machiavelli and Hobbes, we deal with the political significance of terror (and the fear it provokes), emphasizing its potentiality, which inscribes future within the present. Then we turn to an analysis of terror in the prism of securitization. Terror, in this respect, amounts to de-materialization (the enemy as spectre), de-temporalization (the erasure of the temporal difference between the present and the future), and de-territorialisation (the breakdown of the distinctions between 'inside' and 'outside'. Following this, we observe how these three processes are dealt with at the subjective and objective (social) levels. Regarding the first, subjective, level we differentiate three attitudes as paranoid, panic and rational. Regarding the latter, we consider terror in terms of accident, risk and catastrophe. Then, discussing the rhythmic relations between these conceptualizations and their spatio-temporal consequences, we focus on the notion of catastrophe. We end with articulating the aporias emerging in this context.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal for Cultural Research on 24/06/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14797585.2019.1631998