Politics of Withdrawal considers the significance of practices and theories of withdrawal for radical thinking today. With contributions of major theorists in the fields of contemporary political philosophy, cultural studies and media studies, the chapters investigate the multiple contexts, possibilities and impasses of political withdrawal - from the radical to the seemingly mundane - and reflect a range of case studies varying from the political thinking of Debord, the Invisible Committee, Moten and Harney, feminist notions of 'strike' and 'exit', and indigenous forms of sabotage, to the individual retreat as means of reconfiguring political subjectivity. It looks at technological failure as disconnection from surveillance, and from alternative financial futures to contemporary 'pharmako-politics.' The volume provides a vital grip on a key notion in contemporary radical politics, in all its complexity, contradictions and tribulations.
Introduction: Towards a Politics of Withdrawal? Pepita Hesselberth and Joost de Bloois Chapter 1 Can the Internet be turned off? Infrastructures of Dis-Disconnectivity Florian Sprenger Chapter 2 Assemblages of Withdrawal Clare Birchall Chapter 3 "You Saw the Cactus Bloom": On the Impossibility of Withdrawal from You Mel Hogan Chapter 4 Proof-of-Withdrawal: Finance in the Undercommons Erik Bordeleau Chapter 5 Melancholic Retreat: Narratives of Withdrawal in Contemporary Political Theory Joost de Bloois Chapter 6 W for Withdrawal: Or, Politics without Personhood Yasco Horsman Chapter 7 A Parallel Art of Living Elena Loizidou Chapter 8 Withdrawal Symptoms: Refusal, Sabotage, Suspension Darin Barney Chapter 9 Withdrawal as Exodus and Strike. Political Strategies for a Presentist Democracy Isabell Lorey Chapter 10 On Leaving Academia and the Need to Take Refuge Pepita Hesselberth Chapter 11 Detox Politics: Thinking-Healing the Retreat of the Public Bernard Stiegler and Gerald Moore Coda: Staying Power Sarah Sharma Contributors Index