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In this series of essays Fred Moten and Stefano Harney draw on the theory and practice of the black radical tradition as it supports, inspires, and extends contemporary social and political thought and aesthetic critique. Today the general wealth of social life finds itself confronted by mutations in the mechanisms of control, from the proliferation of capitalist logisticsIn this series of essays Fred Moten and Stefano Harney draw on the theory and practice of the black radical tradition as it supports, inspires, and extends contemporary social and political thought and aesthetic critique. Today the general wealth of social life finds itself confronted by mutations in the mechanisms of control, from the proliferation of capitalist logistics through governance by credit and management of pedagogy. Working from and within the social poesis of life in the undercommons Moten and Harney develop and expand an array of concepts: study, debt, surround, planning, and the shipped. On the fugitive path of an historical and global blackness, the essays in this volume unsettle and invite the reader to the self-organised ensembles of social life that are launched every day and every night amid the general antagonism of the undercommons....

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The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study Reviews

  • Carrie
    2019-03-14 08:23

    “There is this particular labor process model [in the university] that’s being exported, that’s being generalized in so-called creative industries and other places, and which is deployed expertly against study.” I noticed this at SF State -- all the students doing projects -- and the kind of projects which are like fake "study" -- all they're really learning how to do is do projects in work/business model contexts. Gross. In my day, we studied alone in cubicles on the top floor of 6 floor libraries, that actually had real books (another critique of SF State). Hours and hours or reading alone and writing notes, and not talking to anybody.

  • Jacob Wren
    2019-03-03 09:24

    A few lines from The Undercommons: Critique lets us know that politics is radioactive, but politics is the radiation of critique.We run looking for a weapon and keep running looking to drop it.What are the politics of being ready to die and what have they to do with the scandal of enjoyment?Can't you hear them whisper one another's touch.Form is not the eradication of the informal. Form is what emerges from the informal.I think you can make a good case that human being in the world is, and should be, sheer criminality. Which also, first and foremost, implies that making laws is a criminal activity..

  • Ralowe Ampu
    2019-03-21 06:45

    i feel like i had placed my self under advisement to read this book right away for about a year before i actually did. maybe it was two years. i should be ashamed of myself. i had the digital download but this is the kind of book you have to feel in the world with the paper and i lucked upon a copy that allows that. this book is rather audacious in its insistence that blackness should be a resource to any political action in our global present (code for a very gentle read on the occupy paroxysm and other associated social events within and without trickle-down academia). that examining the predicament of black people provides necessary insight into the empire you're fighting. this came off as poetically stretched in a way that teased contrivance and will merit and obtain later re-reading, re-absorption. of course i keep being like "who's this stefano guy?" and it should be little doubt that i was there for fred mostly. the first thing that pops up for the other guy is a page placing him in singapore. i've been told he's really out of the uk. so i have this disjunctive image of a containerized hold heading for singapore probably from london piloted by captain phillips. so this guy is naturally on my reading list, i mean if fred likes him, heck! it's something to tide you over till moten's follow-up to in the break, but not quite as expansive as that longed-for fantasized book would have to be.

  • Ying
    2019-03-24 07:20

    "Instead our fantasies must come from what Moten and Harney citing Frank B. Wilderson III call 'the hold': 'And so it is we remain in the hold, in the break, as if entering again and again the broken world, to trace the visionary company and join it.' The hold here is the hold in the slave ship but it is also the hold that we have on reality and fantasy, the hold they have on us and the hold we decide to forego on the other, preferring instead to touch, to be with, to love. If there is no church in the wild, if there is study rather than knowledge production, if there is a way of being together in brokenness, if there is an undercommons, then we must all find our way to it. And it will not be there where the wild things are, it will be a place where refuge is not necessary and you will find that you were already in it all along.Love,J"

  • M.L. Rio
    2019-02-26 01:45

    This is an object lesson in everything that's wrong with theory. Harney and Moten's ideas might be great, but nobody will ever know because they're buried under a landslide of critical jargon and tautological bullshit. If I never have to read anything this willfully impenetrable ever again it will be too soon.

  • jess
    2019-03-16 09:23

    wanna think abt how moten's call to disorder suggests a more radical project/relation to each other than what scot nakagawa uses harmony to describe here

  • Nathaniel
    2019-02-25 02:24

    tbh though parts of it are borderline unreadable

  • Misty
    2019-03-22 04:37

    This was an incredibly quick and easy read, but it was packed with multiple great thoughts, and it is something I definitely see myself coming back to.

  • Griffin Alexander
    2019-03-01 07:24

    In the clear, critical light of day, illusory administrators whisper of our need for institutions, and all institutions are political, and all politics is correctional, so it seems we need correctional institutions in the common, settling it, correcting us. But we won't stand corrected. Moreover, incorrect as we are there's nothing wrong with us. We don't want to be correct and we won't be corrected. Politics proposes to make us better, but we were good already in the mutual debt that can never be made good. We owe it to each other to falsify the institutions, to make politics incorrect, to give the lie to our own determination. We owe each other the indeterminate. We owe each other everything.An abdication of political responsibility? OK. Whatever. We're just anti-politically romantic about actually existing social life. We aren't responsible for politics. We are the general antagonism to politics looming outside every attempt to politicise, every imposition of self-governance, every sovereign decision and its degraded miniature, every emergent state and home sweet home. We are disruption and consent to disruption. We preserve upheaval. Sent to fulfill by abolishing, to renew by unsettling, to open the enclosure whose immeasurable venality is inversely proportionate to its actual area, we got politics surrounded. We cannot represent ourselves. We can't be represented.

  • Maren
    2019-03-18 04:30

    "What's totally interesting to me is to just not call the class to order. ... You're basically saying, let's just see what happens if I don't make that geture of calling the class to order. ... Instead of announcing that class has begun, just acknowledge that class began." One of my most interesting teaching experiences was when my teacher did exactly this, and refused to call the class to order for at least 50 minutes. He showed us what real studying feels like, and it helped me appreciate this book so much more.

  • Dandi
    2019-03-02 02:35

    Truly one of the most difficult books I've ever had the pleasure of wading through. Stylistically pretty par for the course as far as Moten goes (not familiar with Harney beyond this book), which is to say, breathtakingly and at times infuriatingly poetic, recursive, and playful. I'd say I understood maybe 30% of the book, most of which came from the interview with the two authors in the last chapter--actually, it might be a good idea to read that before reading any of the other chapters. Had I understood more, this may have attained the status of a holy text for me. Will return.

  • Patricia
    2019-03-07 05:43

    This book was really uneven for me. 3 stars for the Jack Halberstam intro, basically a nicely written reiteration of points JH has made elsewhere. 5 stars for the interview with Moten and Harney at the end, which lays out some incredibly interesting ideas about community and labor in an engaging, accessible way. But 2 stars for the book itself, which is written in a stylized, circular prose that really just drove me up the wall. It averages out to somewhere in the middle.

  • Victoria Durden
    2019-03-11 03:25

    necessary reading for anyone who studies critical theory.

  • Karen
    2019-03-03 01:20

    Lots to ponder. My favourite sections deal more with the notions of being with and for. A timely intervention and conversation starter for a variety of fields/subjects.