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Edwards, Nico (2022) 'A Commentary on Disruption as a State of Being and (Anti)Practice: Challenging ‘Resilience’ as the Late-Modern Recipe for Happiness.' The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, 14 (2020-2021). pp. 14-24.

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Abstract

In this commentary, I challenge the popular notion of ‘resilience’ as the 21st century recipe for happiness. I do so through exploring ‘disruption’ as a political imaginary and practice, by which the narrative of resilience-equals-happiness can be disrupted. I draw on key texts that theorise about practices of ‘speculation’, ‘failure’, and ‘narration’ to situate both the personal (cognitive) ability to disrupt neoliberal subjectification processes and the systemic disruption brought about by Covid-19 as essential channels for rethinking the contemporary. I argue that this is the moment to re-imagine the templates for human co-existence and build on the personal to global experiences of disruption occasioned by global capitalism and the coronavirus, as productive, though painful, opportunities for counter-narration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Disruption, Resilience, Happiness, Global capitalism, Covid-19
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
SOAS Open Access Journals > The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research
ISSN: 25176226
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00037051
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2022 10:06
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/37051

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