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Lara Sartorio Gonçalves

The Politics of Fear and the Authoritarian Political Imagination

by Lara Sartorio Gonçalves

One of the most prominent words over the last decade has been “fear.” Here I refer to the multidimensionality of fear: of urban violence; of our bodies being violated; of state violence; of social injustice; of the future; and even existential fear. Reactivity combined with the survival instinct of living under the imminence of a global collapse has made fear a compass for political behavior and the constitution of social bonds. What I will call...

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