From the Analysis of Animism to the Practice of Animacy as Politics

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2021 Number 104 & 105

From the Analysis of Animism to the Practice of Animacy as Politics
Russell West-Pavlov pages 198-213
DOI: 10.3898/NewF:104-105.09.2021


This article takes cognisance of the growing awareness of the ineluctable connectedness of planetary existence, contrasting this with a persistent tendency to reflect upon political agency in ways that separate the non-human world out from human political actors. How can we overcome this persistent separatism? The article turns to contemporary animist thought to seek a solution to this dilemma. The article begins by acknowledging the difficulty of the problem, demonstrating how, paradoxically, separatist thought contaminates even the very impulse to integrate animism into a politicised version of the humanities. It then seeks resolutions of such powerful containments of animist thought by proposing a number of tentative resolutions of the aporia that dog the task of developing a more inclusive politics from the respective fields of the new materialism, vitalism or animism.

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Russell West-Pavlov (2021) From the Analysis of Animism to the Practice of Animacy as Politics, New Formations, 2021(104 & 105 ), 198-213.

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