Taking account of the ‘part of those that have no part’

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In this commentary, I argue that Rancière’s concept of the ‘part of those that have no part’ is a valuable and overlooked intervention in how the constitution of ‘the political’ can be understood. While some reject the narrowing of what counts as ‘political’ in Rancière’s work, I argue that by drawing attention to inevitability of the constitutive outside of the social, Rancière forces a constructive reckoning with the way more capacious conceptions of the political can elide and reproduce the inherently partial nature of the attendant social formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Rancière
  • post-political
  • urban politics


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