Rosi Braidotti’s new book provides a core introduction to critical theory. Her nomadic theory outlines a project of sustainable modern subjectivity and offers an original and powerful alternative for scholars working in cultural and social criticism. Her nomadic thought over a past decade has contributed to the debates in continental philosophy, queer theory, and feminist, post-colonial, techno-science, media and race studies, as well as architecture, history and anthropology.
Fans of Braidotti’s unique approach to feminism and philosophy will appreciate having her recent essays collected in one volume Nomadic Theory: The Portable Rosi Braidotti (2011).
Arranged thematically, the essays begin with concepts like sexual difference and embodied subjectivity and follow with techno-science, feminism, postsecular citizenship, and the politics of affirmation. Braidotti develops a distinctly positive critical theory that rejuvenates the experience of political scholarship. Inspired but not confined by Deleuzian vitalism, with its commitment to the ontology of flows, networks, and dynamic transformations, she emphasizes affects, imagination, and creativity and the politics of radical immanence.
Incorporating ideas from Nietzsche and Spinoza as well, Braidotti establishes a critical-theoretical framework equal parts critique and creation. Ever mindful of the perils of defining difference in terms of denigration and the related tendency to subordinate sexualized, racialized, and naturalized others, she explores the eco-philosophical implications of nomadic theory, feminism, and the irreducibility of sexual difference and sexuality.