From Libertine to Liberal: Excess, Capital and New Paths for Perversion
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Psychopathology and abnormality have both individually and collectively been historically intersected and concomitantly produced at the interstices of shifts in relationships to various modes of production and by inference exchanges in the manner by which capital is defined and organised. This paper traces the birth of the modern perversions to the point at which pathology and abnormality are easily conflated into an unproblematic perversity and the subsequent solidifications of these categories in the face of modern capital and its relationship to production, reproduction and exchange. The paper provides a genealogical vantage point for historical analysis into the intercession of the economies of population, production and capital. In so doing the paper will explore the possibilities for the production of novel perversions within new economies of excess and surplus. These economies insinuate a new frontier for pathological creation, for the excesses of old condemnation are increasingly celebrated as the surpluses of freedom.
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