Gender, Intimacy, Capitalism

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In Hardt and Negri’s collaborative writings the concept of ‘love’ has come to function as an important pivot between the indictment of poverty and oppression, and the activation of social bonds to produce new political groupings and energies. However, ‘love’ is invoked in two entirely contrasting ways: firstly, as an encounter from the outside, that disturbs and unsettles the subject; and secondly, as an attachment and investment in familiar forms of social belonging. This paper explores tensions in Hardt and Negri’s accounts of love, and argues that the concept needs to be supplemented with a notion of learning. To develop a more ‘pedagogical’ understanding of love, we draw on Deleuze’s writing on Proust, as well as Deleuze and Guattari’s collaborative writings. By comparing approaches to love in Deleuze and Guattari and Hardt and Negri, we argue that a key difference around these scholars is not as much in their respective critiques of Marxism (although this remains important), but in the ways that love and desire are taken up in ‘post-Marxist’ ethical frames.
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