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Starve and ImmolateThe Politics of Human Weapons$
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Banu Bargu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163408

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163408.001.0001

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Marxism, Martyrdom, Memory

Marxism, Martyrdom, Memory

(p.223) Chapter 5 Marxism, Martyrdom, Memory
Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes necroresistance by looking into the discourses and practices of human weapons, their cultural world, values, rituals, and myths. It discusses the political cosmology that encompasses the experience of self-destructive practices and its traditions. Self-destruction generates a new order of practices, meanings, and values that sustain the radical political community which advocates the weaponization of life as a form of political action. The chapter traces a dialectic between the living and the dead, along with three stages of such dialectic: (1) the transition of the militant to martyrdom; (2) the fusion of the militant and the martyr in the dead body; and (3) the movement of the martyr into a new stage of militancy through its appropriation by the living and incorporation into practices of everyday life.

Keywords:   necroresistance, self-destructive practices, human weapons, militant, martyrdom

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