3 February 2012

Rosi Braidotti

Nomadic Theory: The Portable Rosi Braidotti

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.