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Reflexive Subjects
Reflexive subjects

We have just outlined the changing economies of signs and space in the wake of organized capitalism. We have examined the accelerated and ever wider-ranging trajectories of objects (goods, capital, money, communications, commodities) as well as subjects (labour, immigrants, tourists) in the recent past. The scenario painted is exhilarating yet its implications are disturbing. They are that this acceleration, which simultaneously ‘distanciates’ social relationships as it ‘compresses’ time and space, is leading to an emptying out of both subjects and objects. This accelerated mobility causes objects to become disposable and to decline in significance, while social relationships are emptied of meaning.

In this dystopic scenario the Marxist left, Harvey and Jameson for example, and the ‘semiotic left’, such as Foucault and much French ...

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