Politics as Subjectification: Rethinking the Figure of the Worker in the Thought of Badiou and Rancière
Philosophy Today, SPEP Supplement 2007
This article discusses the idea of philosophers Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière that views the worker as a political figure and politics as a process of subjectification. Rancière examines the tension between equality and hierarchy in Greek philosopher Aristotle's work "Politics" and sees the role of the slave as disruptive to the whole social order. The author discusses the overlap between Rancière's Marx-influenced ideas concerning the proletariat with that of Badiou.
Read, J. (2007). Politics as Subjectification: Rethinking the Figure of the Worker in the Thought of Badiou and Rancière. Philosophy Today, 51, 125–132.