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Kotef, Hagar (2022) 'Locke's Consuming Individual: A Theory of the Mixing Body.' Theory and Event, 25 (2). pp. 419-443.

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This article proposes that Locke’s basic property-making unit, and thus also contracting unit, is the household rather than the individual. Progressing through two parallel arguments concerning Locke’s theory of property—one focuses on the theory of mixing in Roman law and the other on more traditional understanding of labor—it shows how a plurality of people and animals is united under the rule of a single person, allowing the formal category of the individual to expand beyond its corporal limits, into the domestic domain. In some sense, this is an extended version of Pateman’s argument concerning the sexual contract, placing the latter within an intersectional framework that moves beyond the question of kinship and the family to the economic questions of class and production, as well as colonial questions of expansion and racial hierarchization.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 1092311X
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Theory and Event, 25 (2). pp. 419-443 (2022), published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 09:43
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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