The other within: Agency and resistance under conditions of exclusion

José Medina*

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This essay puts in conversation some of Seyla Benhabib’s insights about exiled, stateless and migrant populations with ongoing discussions in critical race theory about the racial exclusions of indigenous populations and populations of colour not only in the foundations of Western modern states but also in their contemporary functioning today. The essay locates these exclusions not only in the failures of states but also in their proper functioning, that is, in their very design and constitutive structures, focusing for this purpose on what is described as constitutive exclusions. The essay argues that the relationship between legal agency and social and political agency needs further articulation within Benhabib’s jurisgenerative politics in order to properly address constitutive exclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalPhilosophy and Social Criticism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • agency
  • critical race theory
  • political exclusion
  • resistance
  • social death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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