Politics as interruption: Rancière's community of equals and governmentality

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Brian T. Connor

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In this essay we explore Rancière's ‘politics of equals’ as an alternative conception of the political. Central to this conception is a division between instances of political contestation that address fundamental questions of equality (‘the politics of equals’) and those that are part of the management of the division of resources and positions in society (‘the police’). This distinction provides a new way of thinking about theoretical and empirical questions over logics of political action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-100
Number of pages12
JournalThesis Eleven
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Equality
  • Rancière
  • governmentality
  • politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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