A Discourse Apart: The Body of Christ and the Practice of Cultural Subversion

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Yale University, 2006 - 284 pages
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All instances of this discourse engage the law of the embodied subjectivity upon which is hinged Paul's model of collectivity in order to postulate an alternative system of power based on the body of Christ. As a structure of meaning and meaningful collectivity, the body of Christ resists here the phenomenon of 'bare life' shown by Agamben to be the ultimate basis of the 'sovereign power.' The body of Christ allows for the recuperation of 'bare life' within the structure of resurrection, which underlies a subversive anti-model of the ethical state, the kingdom of God. This anti-model is however no utopia, since the discourse apart practices it in the realm of real social institutions in its own discursive performance of 'reform.' In all cases discussed here, the subversion of absolute power is launched by the intellectual practitioners whose performative counter-model of an ethically differentiated state is always a discursive model of the bad conscience that accompanies the determinist assertions of power in which they alternatively participate.

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