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The outside and the beyond

A key determinant, then, a crucial classifying factor in understanding where a specific site, a locale, a neighbourhood, a borough lies in relation to sovereign power, is agency.

Is its non-classification as a space belonging to sovereign neoliberal order involuntary, so to speak? In this first case, the space in question is outside this order; it is marginal, in term’s sense with which we are the most acquainted. Continue Reading…

Think of the lines drawn upon the urban entity: cognitive lines that nonetheless compartmentalise, divide, ordere-in-place. To map out is to draw a line: both in the literal sense of drawing as much as in the sense of deciding when a limit has been reached. And it is sovereignty that decides, at the first instance, when this limit has been reached, when the time has come and where the coordinate is apt for this line to be drawn.

But there are also those cognitive lines drawn in the minds of the urban dwellers, lines that build themselves through and thanks to the everyday. Lines fermented in memory, solidified in the lived form: lines that direct us in sinking in the untold. Continue Reading…