Analyzing The Concept Of Connection In Judith Butler's Violence, Mourning, Politics

Connectedness Connection. This is a simple word, but it has great strength. When you think about it anything can be connected or linked to another thing. Somehow at some point two things connect, whether it be through association such as knowing someone who knows someone else or creation such as trees and wood which are connected to my desk and therefore connected to my laptop and me sitting at my desk. In Gilles Deluze and Félix Guattari’s chapter Introduction: Rhizome, along with in Judith Butlers chapter, Violence, Mourning, Politic, the authors mentions a society in which no one is an individual and where everyone is connected and functioning together with no beginning, end, or middle. Butler’s concept of the impossibility of the individual is reestablished in all of …show more content…
Instead, everyone would just coexist and be connected. If our society functions as a rhizome, then people would have to recognize that everyone is connected regardless of how different they are. In Butlers writing, Violence, Mourning, Politics, she explains, “the ‘I’ who cannot come into being without a ‘you’ is also fundamentally dependent on a set of norms of recognition that originated neither with the ‘I’ nor with the ‘you’” (45). In other words, a person cannot truly understand themselves and is not a real person without being able to recognize others in society. Butler explains that society has created the standard that a normal American is a white person and fails to recognize any other group and therefore marks these unrecognized people as unhuman, ungrievable, and unimportant lives. This standard automatically places white people at the top of a hierarchy. In order for the idea of the rhizome to function, everyone must recognize that no one is an individual and that there is no need for a hierarchy because we are all connected and function

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