Political action consists in showing as political what was viewed as “social,” “economic,” or “domestic.” It consist in blurring the boundaries. It is what happen whenever “domestic agents – workers or women, for instant – reconfigure their quarrel as a quarrel concerning the common, that is concerning what place belongs or does not belong to it and who is able or unable to make enunciations and demonstration about the common.

It should be clear therefore that there is politics when there is a disagreement about what is politics, when the boundary separating the political form the social or the public form the domestic is put into question. Politics is a way of re-partioning the political from the non-political. This is why it generally occurs “out of place,” in a place which was not supposed to be political […]


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