Idleness as a micro ethico-political action

Karakilic, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4620-5856, 2020. Idleness as a micro ethico-political action. Organization. ISSN 1350-5084

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According to Deleuze and Guattari, the central project of capitalism consists in the articulation of economic production with the production of subjectivity. The first part of this paper expands on how capitalism manufactures a particular mode of existence corresponding to its economic flows. Herein, it is argued that the paradigmatic figure of our neoliberal and machinic times is a self-condemning subject, attached simultaneously to the assemblages of capitalism as slave units in the cybernetic sense. The second part revolves around the question of activating a new process of subjectivation towards a new mode of existence. It is argued that the latter requires a voyage to an immanent outside and returning to the present plane of existence with new perspectives to recombine its elements differently. This spiritual voyage presupposes a suspension of the general mobilisation decreed by capital. In this context, idleness -in the form of meditative life- is offered as a micro ethico-political action that may not only allow us to acknowledge our habitually reactive selves but also give access to the outside where hitherto unknown existential refrains and configurations could be discovered.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization
Creators: Karakilic, E.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 29 October 2020
ISSN: 1350-5084
Rights: © The Author(s) 2020. https://creativecommons...licenses/by-nc/4.0/. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Sep 2020 11:21
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:14

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