The Misinterpellated Subject
“Men Are Born Free and Equal in Rights”: Historical Examples of Interpellation and Misinterpellation
In chapter 2, I look at three events that characterize misinterpellation: the Haitian revolution; the response to Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points speech; and the origin of the Arab Spring. In each case, I look at a call that was put out and answered by people whom the call never intended to include. Thus the Haitian slaves answered the call of the French revolution’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen even though it was never intended for them. The leaders of the anticolonial movements similarly responded to a call for self-determination put out by Wilson but he was manifestly...