Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times / Edition 1

Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times / Edition 1

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by Jasbir K. Puar
     
 

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ISBN-10: 082234114X

ISBN-13: 9780822341147

Pub. Date: 10/26/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


In this pathbreaking work, Jasbir K. Puar argues that configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity are realigning in relation to contemporary forces of securitization, counterterrorism, and nationalism. She examines how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, through developments including

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In this pathbreaking work, Jasbir K. Puar argues that configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity are realigning in relation to contemporary forces of securitization, counterterrorism, and nationalism. She examines how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, through developments including the legal recognition inherent in the overturning of anti-sodomy laws and the proliferation of more mainstream representation. These incorporations have shifted many queers from their construction as figures of death (via the AIDS epidemic) to subjects tied to ideas of life and productivity (gay marriage and reproductive kinship). Puar contends, however, that this tenuous inclusion of some queer subjects depends on the production of populations of Orientalized terrorist bodies. Heteronormative ideologies that the U.S. nation-state has long relied on are now accompanied by homonormative ideologies that replicate narrow racial, class, gender, and national ideals. These “homonationalisms” are deployed to distinguish upright “properly hetero,” and now “properly homo,” U.S. patriots from perversely sexualized and racialized terrorist look-a-likes—especially Sikhs, Muslims, and Arabs—who are cordoned off for detention and deportation.

Puar combines transnational feminist and queer theory, Foucauldian biopolitics, Deleuzian philosophy, and technoscience criticism, and draws from an extraordinary range of sources, including governmental texts, legal decisions, films, television, ethnographic data, queer media, and activist organizing materials and manifestos. Looking at various cultural events and phenomena, she highlights troublesome links between terrorism and sexuality: in feminist and queer responses to the Abu Ghraib photographs, in the triumphal responses to the Supreme Court’s Lawrence decision repealing anti-sodomy laws, in the measures Sikh Americans and South Asian diasporic queers take to avoid being profiled as terrorists, and in what Puar argues is a growing Islamophobia within global queer organizing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341147
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/26/2007
Series:
Next Wave Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
771,242
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Tactics, Strategies, Logistics ix

Introduction: Homonationalism and Biopolitics 1

1. The Sexuality of Terrorism 37

2. Abu Ghraib and U.S. Sexual Exceptionalism 79

3. Intimate Control, Infinite Detention: Rereading the Lawrence Case 114

4. “The Turban Is Not a Hat”: Queer Diaspora and Practices of Profiling 166

Conclusion: Queer Times, Terrorist Assemblages 203

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 229

References 287

Index 325

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