Complicity

New Perspectives on Collectivity

Gesa Ziemer

Transcript-Verlag

Complicity

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Pub Date: February 2017

ISBN: 9783837635171

184 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $90.00

Complicity

New Perspectives on Collectivity

Gesa Ziemer

Transcript-Verlag

Occupy, Commons and other social experiments demonstrate that new collectivities are invented and tested. Gesa Ziemer argues that in this process, the reinterpretation of old forms of joint action can play an essential role. By looking at complicities in art, science, and economy, ongoing collectivization is exposed. Complicity means the committing of an act together, or so it is defined in criminal law. But for a long time now, the concept has also been targeted at legal collective actions – mainly in innovative environments. Individuals act jointly in an intensely affective way – albeit only temporarily, bindingly in common – but still individually, inventively – and at the same time in a goal-oriented manner.

About the Author

Gesa Ziemer is professor of cultural theory and vice president of research at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany. She is director of the City Science Labs and spokesperson of the post-graduate program "Performing Citizenship".