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The ambiguities of cohabitation.

Harker, C. (2014) 'The ambiguities of cohabitation.', Area., 46 (4). pp. 355-356.


In this paper I examine Judith Butler's ethic of cohabitation as a means of thinking intimacy-geopolitics. Butler's ethic of cohabitation begins with an inability to choose in advance who we inhabit the earth with. Conceptually this idea is linked with the precariousness of life: a subject's life is always in the hands of others, both known and unknown. As such, cohabitation is always an intimate affair that is at the same time global. However, I argue cohabitation as ethical relation fails to map neatly onto cohabitation as spatial practice, and thus it is an ambivalent resource.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Cohabitation, Judith Butler, Palestine.
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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Harker, C. (2014), The ambiguities of cohabitation. Area, 46 (4): 355–356, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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Date deposited:20 November 2014
Date of first online publication:December 2014
Date first made open access:17 November 2016

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