Metaphoricity and the Politics of Mobility

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This collection of essays investigates the convergence between the postmodern politics of mobility and a politics of metaphor, a politics, in other words, in the context of which the production and displacement of meaning(s) constitute the major stakes. Ranging from discussions of re-territorialization, multiculturalism, “digisporas” and transnational politics and ethics, to September 11th, the Pentagon’s New Map, American legislation on Chinese immigration, Gianni Amelio’s film Lamerica, Keith Piper’s online installations and Doris Salcedo’s Atrabiliarios, the collection aims to follow three different theoretical trajectories. First, it seeks to rethink our concepts of mobility in order to open them up to the complexity that structures the thoughts and practices of a global order. Second, it critically examines the privileged position of concepts and metaphors of mobility within postmodern theory. In juxtaposing conflictual theoretical formulations, the book sets out to present the competing responses that fuel academic debates around this issue. Finally, it evaluates the influence of our increasingly mobile conceptual frameworks and everyday experience on the redefinition of politics that is currently under way, especially in the context of Post-Marxist theory. Its hope is to contribute to the production of alternative political positions and practices that will address the conflicting desires for attachment and movement marking postmodernity.
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Table of contents

Maria MARGARONI and Effie YIANNOPOULOU: Introduction: Theorizing Metaphoricity,
Reconceptualizing Politics
Part I: Metaphoricity and Postmodern Theory
Paul PATTON: Mobile Concepts, Metaphor, and the Problem of Referentiality in Deleuze and Guattari
Stuart ELDEN: The State of Territory under Globalization: Empire and the Politics of Reterritorialization
Part II: Mobilizing the Politics of Theory
Gareth HOSKINS and Tim CRESSWELL: Making up Chinese-Americans: Moral Geographies Immigration in the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) and The Peopling of America Theme Study Act (2001)
Rinaldo WALCOTT: Land to Light On? Making Reparation in a Time of Transnationality
Ginette VERSTRAETE: Relocating the Idea of Europe: Keith Piper’s Other Headings
Part III: Mobilizing the Theory of Politics
Nikos PAPASTERGIADIS: Ambient Fears
Marcia LANDY: On the Road with Lamerica: Immigrants, Refugees and the Poor
Mieke BAL: Metaphoring: Making a Niche of Negative Space
List of Figures
Contributors
Index

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