Embracing Death, Opening the World

MacCormack, Patricia (2020) Embracing Death, Opening the World. Australian Feminist Studies, 35 (104). pp. 101-115. ISSN 1465-3303

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Extinctionism and efilism were once considered lunatic fringe movements but are increasingly popular. They focus on immanence, care and prevention of life but are maligned as being death cults. Covertly the protection of the yet-to-be lives over those of citizens, the rise in suicide, murderous political acts from welfare cuts to genocide and individually driven massacres are understood as aberrations. The status of death itself is now in question over its Semiocapitalisation – a signifier or spectacle. This article expresses the crucial nature of materiality in thinking death and the various trajectories of the antagonistic relationship the human has with death which could (and should in certain circumstances) be loving, vitalist and as prevention and cessation of life could offer a future open to nature and the potentialisation of a natural epoch.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: extinction, vitalism, abolition vegan, abolition, antinatalism, environmental ethics, death studies
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 11:47
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 02:02
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705303

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