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Brocker I 715
Subject/SpivakVsDeleuze/SpivakVsFoucault/Spivak: Spivak criticises Foucault and Deleuze's positions as unintentional Eurocentrism(1): here one sees a complicity between Western knowledge formation and international economic interests. (2)
Subject/Foucault/Deleuze/Spivak: Although French philosophers reject the idea of a sovereign subject, since it is unable to do justice to the heterogeneity of networks of power, desire and interest, they argue that the oppressed themselves have knowledge and can speak for themselves.
SpivakVs: they construct an undivided political subject while ignoring the discontinuity between desire and interest. According to Spivak, both authors also neglect the ideological construction of subjects on both sides of the colonial divide.


1. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak “Can the subaltern speak?” in: Cary Nelson/Lawrence Grossberg (Ed.) Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, Urbana Ill./Chicago 1988 271-313. Dt.: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Can the subaltern speak? Postkolonialität und subalterne Artikulation, Wien 2008, S. 271, 274
2. Vgl. Michel Foucault, „Intellectuals and Power. A Conversation between Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze”, in: Donald F. Bouchard (ed.) Language, Counter-Memory, Practice, Selected Essays and Interviews by Michel Foucault, Ithaca, N.Y. 1977, p. 205-217.


Nikita Dhawan, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak “Can the subaltern speak?” in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

PolSpiv I
Gayatri Ch. Spivak
Subaltern Studies. Deconstructing Historiography New York/Oxford 1988

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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