Law, Diagram, Film: Critique Exhausted

Bottomley, Anne and Moore, Nathan (2012) Law, Diagram, Film: Critique Exhausted. Law and Critique, 23 (2). pp. 163-182. ISSN 0957-8536. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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What potential can be found in the work of Deleuze and Guattari for critical legal scholarship? The authors argue that their work can be deployed to re-think ‘critique’ by directly addressing the place and role of the ‘critic’. It is argued that the continued commitment to a stance of ‘resistance’ in CLS is underpinned by never-ending dualisms which, if not confronted and replaced, can only make CLS ever more redundant. The authors ask: ‘what is critique beyond the dualism of power and resistance, of state and nomad?’ This question arises from a belief that critique is still capable of being effective, but only if there is the courage to experiment, and to think creatively. In this sense, the ‘exhaustion’ of critique is framed as an opportunity to re-think and re-engage with the politics of law. The paper diagrams, through image and film, a critical thought: the potential of the artisan. Film is utilised not as representation, nor as illustration, but as a thinking mind in its own right, through which questions relating to the state, political action, and creative thinking can be (re)framed. Such a re-framing is essential, it is argued, for an engagement with the emergence of societies of control.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Artisan – Control – Deleuze – Esposito – Ethico-aesthetics – Guattari – Image – Nomad – Space
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 10:53
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 09:19
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