For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

The Inoperative Community

by Nancy, Jean-Luc (1991)

Key Passage

Communication is the unworking of work that is social, economic, technical, and institutional. The unworking of community takes place around what Bataille for a very long time called the sacred. Yet he came around to saying, "What I earlier  called the sacred, a name that is perhaps purely pedantic ... is fundamentally nothing other than the unleashing of passions"  (p.32)


Philosophy, Community, Mythology, Communism, Literature, Love, Divinity, Individuality, Communication


The Inoperative Community, Nancy Citations

Links to Reference


Connor, P.; Garbus, L.; Holland, M.; Sawhney, S.



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