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(2012) Critical communities and aesthetic practices, Dordrecht, Springer.


Robert Bernasconi

pp. 151-157

In this paper I address the process that I call "othering," a specific process of differentiation that human beings sometimes employ in relation to each other in an effort to establish a distance between them. Often this is done within an asymmetrical relation, most notably through asymmetries of power, which is why a study of othering is a crucial component of the phenomenology of oppression. This concrete phenomenology revitalized the studies already conducted by Sartre in his later work that have largely fallen into neglect. In particular I attempt to show othering cannot be adequately understood on the basis of a philosophy of autonomous individuals but must be approached in terms of an understanding of collective identities.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1509-7_13

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Bernasconi, R. (2012)., Othering, in J. Jansen (ed.), Critical communities and aesthetic practices, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 151-157.

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