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In Motion, At Rest

In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body

Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 192
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    In Motion, At Rest
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    In Motion, At Resttakes upthe eventas a philosophical problem from a novel perspective. Grant Farred examines three infamous events in sport, arguing that theorizing the event through sport makes possible an entirely original way of thinking about it.

    In the first event, Ron Artest committed a flagrant foul in a National Basketball Association game, which provoked fans to hurl both invectives and beer cups. Artest and some teammates then attacked the fans. Drawing from Alain Badiou, Farred suggests that this event extends far beyond Artest and into the actions of many others, including those of Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Emmett Till. In the second event Eric Cantona-a professional footballer (soccer player)-was ejected from a game. On his way to the locker room a fan verbally assaulted him, and in response Cantona kicked the fan. Farred utilizes Gilles Deleuze's insights on cinema to theorize "the most famous kung-fu kick in football." In the third event, Zinedine Zidane, captain of the French national team, head butted an opposing player. Applying concepts from Jacques Derrida, Farred explores xenophobia and the politics of immigration.

    Throughout, Farred shows how what was already inherent in the event is opened to new possibilities for understanding ontological being by thinking about sport philosophically.

    eISBN: 978-1-4529-4108-0
    Subjects: Philosophy

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [vii]-[viii])
    (pp. 1-24)

    The event is sui generis. It stands alone and it exists on its own terms. We know the event because, in our thinking, in our memory of what happened, it stands asthatmoment. The event is that precise and unexpected instant that we did not—could not—see coming; the event transforms entirely a humdrum, or even a crucial, encounter into an historic occurrence. It is only the event that can, through disrupting the routine, make what is everyday and unremarkable, be that the annual political rally, the run-of-the-mill sports contest, the regular social gathering, memorable.

    The force of...

  4. 1 RON ARTEST: The Black Body at Rest (Alain Badiou)
    (pp. 25-68)

    During a November 2004 NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, a rapid sequence of physical exchanges culminated in Ron Artest charging into the stands to attack Pistons fans. With less than a minute left in the game and his Pacers leading handily, Artest, throughout his career one of best defenders in the NBA, committed a flagrant foul on the Pistons’ center, Ben Wallace. Taking offense at the foul, Wallace shoved Artest—nothing unusual in an NBA game. What happened after that, however, was entirely unexpected. Instead of engaging Wallace or the other Pistons, Artest retreated to...

  5. 2 ERIC CANTONA: The Body in Motion (Gilles Deleuze)
    (pp. 69-106)

    In the very first line of the preface toCinema 1: The Movement-Image,Gilles Deleuze sets himself a very specific task. He seeks, saliently, not to “produce a history of the cinema but to isolate certain cinematographic concepts.”¹ Deleuze begins his thinking of many of these “cinematographic concepts,” key among these being the movement-image (or -images, many of which he categorizes as “types”) and time, through his commentaries on Henri Bergson’s theses on movement. (Much of the relationship between the various types, “principally . . . the perception-image, the affection-image and the action-image,” and time turns on the “representation”—direct...

  6. 3 ZINEDINE ZIDANE: Coup de Boule (Jacques Derrida)
    (pp. 107-144)

    Because of its elusiveness, thevoyouis understood here as the “rogue” (retaining a certain fidelity to the translation of Derrida’s text), but as the “rogue” who is not beyond petty criminality (of the—bank heist—variety practiced by “Simon the Swiss” in the 1970 movieLe Voyou[The Crook]) or who is engaged in what might properly be named delinquency (arguably the best way, the most efficacious term, for keeping undetermined whether the behavior in question falls inside or outside the law—is it delinquency or in blatant violation of the law?).The voyou,then, is a political subject...

    (pp. 145-150)

    In thinking the events of Ron Artest, Eric Cantona, and Zinedine Zidane,In Motionhas produced a structure of the event (S1GS2) that reveals the event to be, like the rogue, idiomatically itself. The event is, in each instance, its own idiom and is true to the idiom out of which it emerges—the basketball court, race, racism, xenophobia, the secret, and so on. The event is everywhere, no more true of sport than in any other sphere of life and yet more intensely present, more rare and ubiquitous in sport than anywhere else; and yet the idiom...

    (pp. 151-154)
  9. NOTES
    (pp. 155-168)
  10. INDEX
    (pp. 169-178)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 179-179)