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Title: A cultural policy of the multitude in the time of climate change, with an understanding that the multitude has no policy
Author: Herbst, Marc Allen
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 2966
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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The changing climate will globally force drastic changes in how people live. Globally, governance supports its own interests while the multitude everywhere bear the burdens that rest between such interests and climate vacillation. That the multitude is composed of those who everywhere precede and exceed governance, who are necessary to its constitution but don't necessarily need it, suggests that the multitude tautologically selfgoverns somehow through concepts. These concepts are things that have managerial and governmental faces in whose creation the multitude participates but may or may not like. This cultural study understands that by relating to each other and the earth through general capacities of sociality, humanity solidifies cultural ways of being human, and that these cultural ways are governing creations. This study thinks through the ways that culture, beside or beyond formal governance, can best support multitudinous human relations towards general livability in the time of climate change. The Barcelona-based Plataforma De Afectados Por La Hipoteca (PAH), an autonomous movement fighting for housing rights, serves as a means to model how social relations reorganize governance in the multitude's interest. Virno's refinement of Marx's theory of general intellect, and the even more general sociality suggested by Spinoza, describe the immediate social capacities demonstrated by the PAH. This study also works through the UK-based climate poetry journal, the Dark Mountain Project, to grasp issues attendant to climate and governance and cultural work. Culture is discussed anthropologically and art historically - critically discussing Hegel's conceptions of universal qualities in relation to feminist, post-colonial and autonomist Marxist theories, thereby suggesting ways for cultural workers to think through cultural forms and ways that support multitudinous being in variable relation to governance and the changing climate.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral