Metropolitan Bodies: On the Banlieusard and the Production of Space

By Theresa Erin Enright.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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In “Commonwealth” (2009) Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri describe the contemporary metropolis as the generative site of the multitude. In particular, the precariously situated Parisian banlieusard is treated as an emblematic revolutionary subject, poised to rebel in and against his space of habitation. Though Hardt and Negri effectively argue for political potency of the metropolis they nevertheless fail to fully articulate how a revolutionary subject arises in this context, indicating more fundamental tensions of spatial politics. While focused on the racial biopolitics of contemporary Paris, and specifically the figure of the banlieusard, the work will open up to broader questions concerning the body and the metropolis and the assumed corporeal morphology of the multitude.

Keywords: Metropolis, Banlieue, Production of Space, Spatial Turn, Paris

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.133-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.186KB).

Theresa Erin Enright

PhD Candidate, Department of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, California, USA

Theresa Enright is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is currently working on a dissertation entitled “Building a Grand Paris: Neoliberal Agglomeration and the Politics of Urban Space” Theresa works and writes on twentieth century political and social thought, and in particular, on questions of urbanism, radical spatial practice, multiculturalisms and the politics of affect.