(Switching back and forth between Balibar and mullets has complicated my intellectual experience this afternoon.)
Labeled one of the “extremes,” Balibar marks the boundaries of possible identity- construction:
“…we find infinite multiplicity, the continual passage from one identity to another, which has become an ideal for a certain postmodern ideology of liberation from authoritarian figures of the construction of personality, at the risk of lending itself to another form of subjection: that imposed by the model of t he universality of ‘exchanges,’ that is, the market and its own ‘libidinal flows'” (2004:27).
The footnote (242) is dense as hell, but looks like stuff I might want to follow up on someday:
“It is important here not to conflate all discourses abusively. In particular, it would be appropriate to devote detailed readings to the analyses of ‘becoming a minority’ in Deleuze 9see Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, trans. Brian Massumi [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987], pp. 291-93 or of the ‘performative subversion of sexual roles’ in Judith butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 1990), w hich constitute esthetic-philosophical inversions of this tendency. The problematization of these questions is also at the center of the important work of Zygmunt Bauman, which is just beginning to be known in France.”