Imperceptible politics: The spectres of sociability in the age of postliberal sovereignty
by Vassilis Tsianos and Dimitris Papadopoulos
The core imperative of present-day social struggles remains the organisation of their visibility and their representation in between existing political arrangements. Nevertheless, there is an evolving configuration of everyday struggles and practices which challenge any form of organized citizenship, defy visibility, and create forms of sociability beyond representation. These spectres of sociability constitute the field of imperceptible politics. Neoliberal regulation responds to this exodus by transforming itself into a new system of global governance: postliberal sovereignty. Starting from a description of this situation, this paper will question prevalent understandings of the political today and discuss how the spectres of sociability become flesh and matter.
teaches theoretical sociology and migration studies at the
Papadopoulos teaches social science studies, social and cultural theory, and critical