In her paper "Between Subjection and Dispossession: Butler’s Recent Performative Thought on Foucault’s Latest Work," Elisa Cabrera argues that Butler's latest works on public assemblies aim to constitute a collective subject based on vulnerability and interdependence as a guiding principle. This objective is possible, only through the dual action of the subject's dispossession, which implies the loss of recognition within a certain regime of truth on one hand, yet the gain of becoming an interdependent and relational being on the other. To reach this conclusion, this paper will address Michel Foucault's later works on "regimes of truth" On the Government of the living (1980) and the Dartmouth and Berkeley Conferences (1980) and how these lectures, which are centered on the shift of Western subjectivity in primitive Christianity, are interpreted by Butler in a very new sense. This interpretation allows her to develop a new theory on dispossession and collective performativity.
"From Subjection to Dispossession: Butler's Recent Performative Thought on Foucault's Latest Work."
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