Who Says ‘I’m Undocumented’: Theatrical Strategies in the Politics of Undocumented ImmigrationLiminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (2016)
In this paper I seek to understand the kind of political work this public reclamation of the derogatory term—undocumented—does for the subject that it names when that subject iterates the name with a different logic of power. Using Butler’s concept of mimetic insubordination, an imitation that “inverts the very terms of priority and derivativeness” (Butler 2004, 128, emphasis original), I interpret the “I’m undocumented” protests as political performatives that constitute a case of mimetic insubordination. In this case, the mimetic moment emerges in the alternative iteration of the term “undocumented,” the name by which unauthorized immigrants are policed in the city, while the element of insubordination stages the reconstitution of disavowed political subjectivity.
- Undocumented Immigration,
- Judith Butler
Publication DateSpring May, 2016
Citation InformationHenao Castro, Andrés Fabián. 2016. “Who Says ‘I’m Undocumented’: Theatrical Strategies in the Politics of Undocumented Immigration.” In Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Special Issue on Resistance and Stillness. Spring 12 (3).