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This chapter distinguishes between two registers of vulnerability through the notion of “agon.” The risk associated with precarity arises from the differential exposure to visibility, support systems, and vital resources (Butler). But risk can also be construed through the notion of plurality, as an “ex-posure” to difference, liminality, new experiences, and the unpredictability of outcome. While precarity implies antagonism, plurality can be qualified as agonistic. In Hannah Arendt’s thought and the Occupy Gezi movement, being affected by others can only be construed as a loss under conditions of antagonism; but agonistic action—comprising the risk of distinguishing oneself, of discord and...

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