Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others / Edition 1

Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others / Edition 1

by Sara Ahmed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822339145

ISBN-13: 9780822339144

Pub. Date: 12/04/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the “orientation” aspect of “sexual orientation” and the “orient” in “orientalism,” Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time. Bodies take shape as they move

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In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the “orientation” aspect of “sexual orientation” and the “orient” in “orientalism,” Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time. Bodies take shape as they move through the world directing themselves toward or away from objects and others. Being “orientated” means feeling at home, knowing where one stands, or having certain objects within reach. Orientations affect what is proximate to the body or what can be reached. A queer phenomenology, Ahmed contends, reveals how social relations are arranged spatially, how queerness disrupts and reorders these relations by not following the accepted paths, and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach, those that might, at first glance, seem awry.

Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself. Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appear—and those that do not—as signs of orientation in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserl’s Ideas. In developing a queer model of orientations, she combines readings of phenomenological texts—by Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Fanon—with insights drawn from queer studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. Queer Phenomenology points queer theory in bold new directions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822339144
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/04/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
259,276
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Find Your Way     1
Orientations Toward Objects     25
Sexual Orientation     65
The Orient and Other Others     109
Conclusion: Disorientation and Queer Objects     157
Notes     181
References     203
Index     217

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