The notion of ambivalence currently seems to be an invigorating figure with heuristic potential in political, social, and art theory. It refers to a plurality of possibilities, a paradoxical multiplicity, and a complex relationality. It foregrounds thinking in terms of indeterminacy and incommensurability, as well as in terms of the possible. Ambivalence has been deployed in positive ways, as offering political promise, while, at the same time, being regarded with suspicion.
Keywords: ambiguity; ambivalence; multistable figures; multistability; Lefebvre, Henri; political science; power relations
Title
Figuring Ambivalence, Capturing the Political
Subtitle
An Everyday Perspective
Author(s)
Brigitte Bargetz
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The notion of ambivalence currently seems to be an invigorating figure with heuristic potential in political, social, and art theory. It refers to a plurality of possibilities, a paradoxical multiplicity, and a complex relationality. It foregrounds thinking in terms of indeterminacy and incommensurability, as well as in terms of the possible. Ambivalence has been deployed in positive ways, as offering political promise, while, at the same time, being regarded with suspicion.
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Vienna
Publisher
Turia + Kant
Date
2014
Subject
ambiguity
ambivalence
multistable figures
multistability
Lefebvre, Henri
political science
power relations
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Figuring Ambivalence
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191
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214
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Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 8 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014), pp. 191–214
Bibliographic Citation
Brigitte Bargetz, ‘Figuring Ambivalence, Capturing the Political: An Everyday Perspective’, in Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 8 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014), pp. 191–214 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-08_09>
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Cite as: Brigitte Bargetz, ‘Figuring Ambivalence, Capturing the Political: An Everyday Perspective’, in Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 8 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014), pp. 191–214 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-08_09>