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