Tag Archives: Empty Signifiers

MQM, the Empty Signifier?


The emerging rhetoric emanating from various sources in Pakistan in the wake of Karachi’s target killings is almost stunning in its unusual alignment against the MQM. TV Anchors, politicians [many of whom were otherwise at loggerheads with each other], civil society magnates, all of them seem aligned in their belief that MQM is on the […]

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Chain of Equivalence


In response to my post on ‘interest aggregation,’ Ajay Sharma wrote the following: I guess interest aggregation could need some sort of (Laclau’s) chain of equivalence so that different yet non-competing interests can comingle and aggregate. Getting such chain of equivalence to form and endure is a perennial challenge I just thought another post was warranted […]

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