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COSTA, Pedro Henrique Lucas  and  PROCHNO, Caio César Souza Camargo. Trash-body: between dejection and potency in contemporary culture. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.3, pp. 45-57. ISSN 2359-0769.

Assuming a historical-cultural conception of the body in which it is understood that it is an effect of sets of historically situated powers and knowledge, as well as the processes of adjacent subjectivation to such corporeality, we have been provoked by the question of how the body is explored and exhausted to the point of becoming a detritus. We take by Body-trash the concept from which we started the investigative journey and was the fuel of this research work. Based on the premises of cartographic research, we seek to follow the process of "dejection" of the body, immersing ourselves and being affected by contemporary cultural productions, as represented in the mediatic manifestations (whether journalistic, publicity or entertainment oriented) and in the arts ( including cinema, literature, and theater). We adopted schizoanalysis as the main theoretical reference, and for this reason, besides focusing on Gilles Deleuze's and Felix Guattari's works; we compose and decompose theoretical constructs from several areas such as psychology, history, sociology and philosophy itself having Michel Foucault as an important traveling companion. Recognizing the body as a metamorphosing historical process and not merely an unchanging biological entity, we take a historical look at how power exercises have crossed bodies throughout the ages, in order to highlight the course through which the present forms of approaching the body have been consolidated and which leads him to his own dejection. The most relevant aspect of this cartographic work was the search for inventive possibilities from the supposed abject condition, evidencing the power and the compositions of forces that take the body-trash to the condition of body-powerful.

Keywords : body-ttrash; detritus; power; subjectivation; schizoanalysis.

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