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By Nicole Shukin

ISBN-10: 0816653410

ISBN-13: 9780816653416

The juxtaposition of biopolitical critique and animal studies—two matters seldom theorized together—signals the double-edged intervention of Animal Capital. Nicole Shukin pursues a resolutely materialist engagement with the “question of the animal,” demanding the philosophical idealism that has dogged the query via tracing how the politics of capital and of animal lifestyles impinge upon each other in marketplace cultures of the 20 th and early twenty-first centuries.

Shukin argues that an research of capital’s incarnations in animal figures and flesh is pivotal to extending the exam of biopower past its results on people. “Rendering” refers concurrently to cultural applied sciences and economies of mimesis and to the carnal company of boiling down and recycling animal is still. Rendering’s lodging of those discrepant logics, she contends, indicates a rubric for the severe activity of monitoring the biopolitical stipulations and contradictions of animal capital around the areas of tradition and economy.

From the animal capital of abattoirs and vehicles, motion pictures and cell phones, to pandemic worry of species-leaping illnesses similar to avian influenza and mad cow, Shukin makes startling linkages among visceral and digital currencies in animal existence, illuminating entanglements of species, race, and hard work within the stipulations of capitalism. In reckoning with the violent histories and intensifying contradictions of animal rendering, Animal Capital increases provocative and urgent questions about the cultural politics of nature.

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Globalizing market cultures advance biopolitically, argue Hardt and Negri, by exploiting and producing the aporias, ambiguities, and in-between states that postmodernist and hybridity theorists have deemed resistant. ”135 That said, resisting the spectralization of animal life does not mean reverting to an equally perilous empiricism that would fixate on animals as carnal proof of presence. ” If draining the historical substance out of virtualized animals represents one valence of rendering, recycling animals as mere material represents the other.

109 Consider the covert figure of animality lurking in what had been Derrida’s long-awaited reading of Marx, Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning, and the New International (1994). 112 In Specters of Marx, Derrida contends that the fetishism of commodities is not a false effect that can be exorcised by uncovering the underlying “truth” of capital, as Marx suggested, but is rather an effect haunting every presence, every use value, and every mode of production. ”113 “As soon as there is production,” he writes, “there is fetishism” (166).

Globalizing market cultures advance biopolitically, argue Hardt and Negri, by exploiting and producing the aporias, ambiguities, and in-between states that postmodernist and hybridity theorists have deemed resistant. ”135 That said, resisting the spectralization of animal life does not mean reverting to an equally perilous empiricism that would fixate on animals as carnal proof of presence. ” If draining the historical substance out of virtualized animals represents one valence of rendering, recycling animals as mere material represents the other.

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