Rosi Braidotti's nomadic theory outlines a sustainable modern
subjectivity as one in flux, never opposed to a dominant hierarchy
yet intrinsically other, always in the process of becoming, and
perpetually engaged in dynamic power relations both creative and
restrictive. Nomadic theory offers an original and powerful
alternative for scholars working in cultural and social criticism
and has, over the past decade, crept into continental philosophy,
queer theory, and feminist, postcolonial, techno-science, media,
and race studies, as well as into architecture, history, and
anthropology. This collection provides a core introduction to
Braidotti's nomadic theory and its innovative formulations, which
playfully engage with Deleuze, Foucault, Irigaray, and a host of
political and cultural issues.
Arranged thematically, essays begin with such concepts as sexual
difference and embodied subjectivity and follow with explorations
in technoscience, feminism, postsecular citizenship, and the
politics of affirmation. Braidotti develops a distinctly positive
critical theory that rejuvenates the experience of political
scholarship. Inspired yet not confined by Deleuzian vitalism, with
its commitment to the ontology of flows, networks, and dynamic
transformations, she emphasizes affects, imagination, and
creativity and the politics of radical immanence. Incorporating
ideas from Nietzsche and Spinoza as well, Braidotti establishes a
critical-theoretical framework equal parts critique and creation.
Ever mindful of the perils of defining difference in terms of
denigration and the related tendency to subordinate sexualized,
racialized, and naturalized others, she explores the
eco-philosophical implications of nomadic theory, feminism, and the
irreducibility of sexual difference and sexuality. Her dialogue
with technoscience is crucial to nomadic theory, which
deterritorializes the established understanding of what counts as
human, along with our relationship to animals, the environment, and
changing notions of materialism. Keeping her distance from the
near-obsessive focus on vulnerability, trauma, and melancholia in
contemporary political thought, Braidotti promotes a politics of
affirmation that has the potential to become its own generative
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