Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty

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Political philosophy has long been bound by traditional thinking about the body and the senses. Through an engagement with the state-eentered vocabulary of this discipline, Politics of Touch examines how sensing bodies continually run up against existing political structures. In this groundbreaking work, Erin Manning reconsiders how new politics can arise that challenge the national body politic.

In Politics of Touch, Manning develops a nuanced understanding of the role of the senses and of touch in particular. Exploring concepts of violence, gender, sexuality, security, democracy, and identity, she traces the ways in which touch informs and reforms the body. Specifically considering tango - a tactile, rhythmic, and improvisational dance - she foregrounds movement as the sensing body's intervention into the political. With a fresh vision and an original theoretical basis, Manning shows the ontogenetic potential of the body, and in doing so redefines our understanding of the sense of touch in philosophical and political terms.

About the Author:
Erin Manning is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Concordia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816648443
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Manning
Erin Manning
Erin Manning has been fascinated with the people in photographs since she was seven. A professional photographer, she has done commercial, stock, and portrait work and is known for her teaching skill. HGTV and DIY Network viewers know Erin as the host of The Whole Picture.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: A typical Expressions and Political Inventions     xi
Bodies on the Move
Political Recompositions
Negotiating Influence: Touch and Tango     1
Gestural Politics
Touching the Impenetrable
Te toucher, toi
Eventfully Tender
Worlding Touch
Happy Together: Moving toward Multiplicity     19
Tango Movements
Tango Friendships
Multiple Movements of Desire
A Last Tango
Erring toward Experience: Violence and Touch     49
Means without an End
Divine Violence
Return to the Garden
Engenderings: Gender, Politics, Individuation     84
Making Sense of the Incommensurable: Experiencing Democracy     110
Expressions of the Political
Thick to Think
Shifting Skinscapes
Making Sense of Politics
Sensing beyond Security: What a Body Can Do     134
Do Not Touch
Tactically Untouchable
Structurally Insecure
Of Pacts and Political Becomings
Posthuman Prosthetics
A Touch of Insecurity
Notes     163
Bibliography     177
Index     185
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