chapter  3
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Judith Butler and Paul Rabinow Dialogue: Antigone, Speech, Performance, Power

And then I'm also interested in the broader question of whether one can actually separate questions of kinship from questions of the state. I want to suggest that they are more radically implicated in each other than conventional readings of the play would allow. And that one might use Antigone as a point of departure for thinking about those problems as they're being experienced-not just nationally, but globally, where the question of family is being administered quite intensively, I think, by international and state apparati of various kinds. So that gives you a couple of things-

Judith: In so me ways yes, in some ways no. I recently published a book on hate speech, called Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. 1 There, I was looking at the problem that has emerged as a result of hate-speech regulation within the U.S.-but also, I think, within the European Union-the problem of whether speech wounds and how it wounds, what's the status of its wounding power.