Living Politically: An Irigarayan Notion of Agency as a Way of Life
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 469–482, Summer 2013
How to Cite
Rozmarin, M. (2013), Living Politically: An Irigarayan Notion of Agency as a Way of Life. Hypatia, 28: 469–482. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2011.01258.x
- Issue published online: 6 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: 25 APR 2010
This paper formulates Luce Irigaray's notion of agency as a political way of life. I argue that agency, within an Irigarayan framework, is both the outcome and the condition of a political life, aimed at creating political transformations. As Irigaray hardly addresses the topic of agency per se, I suggest understanding Irigaray's textual style as implying specific “technologies of self” in the Foucauldian sense, that is, as self-applied social practices that reshape social reality, one's relations to oneself, and enhance one's freedom and pleasures in these relations. This interpretation aims to extract concrete transformative practices, which, by shaping one's sense of self in relation to others, create oneself as a free and active subject.