Identity as a series of affective transactions

This paper is an attempt to (re) think notions of identity through recourse to the idea of affects. I argue that identity is not a state of representation of some abstract concepts of ethnicity, nationality, religious and political systems but the expression of our interior affective engagement with the world. Identity is a mode of our expression of affects and affections produced when one body encounters other bodies in the world. Rather than defining identity through criteria imposed from without, I define it through a notion of self-affective interiority. The identity is figured as unactualized affective potential proper to subjectivity rather than external concepts which must then be interiorized.


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