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ROSA, Miriam Debieux  and  POLI, Maria Cristina. Experience and language as resistance strategies. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2009, vol.21, n.spe, pp.5-12. ISSN 0102-7182.

Drawing on Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben, this article points out the fragilization of the registration of the experience and its incidence in the logic of power / violence. Seeking to demythify the efficacy of discourses that mortify experiences, it analyzes the figure of the "Muslim"; (Muselmänn) - name that conveyed the walking dead in the Nazi concentration camps, according to accounts by Primo Levi and others. Such figure is emblematic of the limit condition some people have reached and can express the fate of some subjects in contemporary society. This position allows identifying both a movement toward the loss of an identifying bond with one's kind and a means to resist the violence perpetrated by the social discourse. This resistance consists in operating a mimesis of the object-rest, which permits the subject to maintain the phantasmatic structure. The article indicates that, despite power strategies, the subject reinvents ways to situate himself, in which the presence and the word are important, therein including the psychoanalytical experience.

Keywords : experience; resistance; politics; exclusion; psychoanalysis.

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