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Almost NothingObservations on precarious practices in contemporary art$
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Anna Dezeuze

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088575

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088575.001.0001

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Postscript: on the humanism of precarious works

Postscript: on the humanism of precarious works

(p.289) Postscript: on the humanism of precarious works
Almost Nothing

Anna Dezeuze

Manchester University Press

Arendt’s humanist perspective, which is central to this study, is interrogated in this postscript in two ways. Firsty, it is contrasted with the ‘Chinese’ model of thought proposed by François Jullien in his Treatise of Efficacy, in order to account for the importance of Zen Buddhism for many precarious practices, and to analyse the contradictory drives articulated by each perspective. Another critique of humanism, levied by feminists and post-colonial discourses, inflect my remarks concerning the predominance of white, middle-class male artists in this book. The specific politics of precarious practices are outlined through reference to further debates concerning precarity and precariousness.

Keywords:   Precarity, Precariousness, Zen Buddhism, Humanism, Feminism, Work

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