Vulnerability and its politicsPrecarity and the woundedness of power

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Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1402-1418
Number of pages17
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number6
Early online date24 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2021
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This article is an attempt to unwrite our current disciplinary enamourment with power. We begin from life’s woundedness, which we argue engenders a limit condition that both precedes power (vulnerability is the origin of power) and exceeds power (no power can ever resolve the problem of woundedness). To illustrate this, we introduce the ‘politics of the wound’: a perspective on politics that begins, not from a pre-existing ontology of forces and relations, but from the condition of striving, in infinitely generous and yet fragile ways, to claim sovereignty against the incurable wound of being a living being.


  • non-relational, non-representational theory, ontology, politics of wound, power, precarity, vulnerability, woundedness