In this special issue, we address what we refer to as 'perversity of the political' or 'perverse politics': namely, the assumptions political theory and movements, and in our specific case feminism, often make on behalf of their subjects, and how their subjects, in return, perform individual and collective contrariness, unruliness and resistance to what is expected or desired from their 'subjectivity'. Specifically focusing on the themes of 'false consciousness', multiplicity, and uneasy alliances, the papers collected here seek to empirically lay out a number of such 'perverse' moments, and offer anti-imperialist feminist alternatives to second wave feminism's often reductive understandings of freedom; emancipation; oppression; empowerment and democracy.
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Edited by Ann Shola Orloff, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Raka Ray, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
Evren Savci, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Perverse Politics? Feminism, Anti-Imperialism, Multiplicity - Ann Shola Orloff, Raka Ray and Evren Savc? Perverse Humanitarianism and the Business of Rescue: What's Wrong with NGOs and What's Right about the "Johns"? - Kimberly Kay Hoang Redemptive Capitalism and Sexual Investability - Elizabeth Bernstein Troubling the Subject of Violence: The Pacifist Presumption, Martial Maternalism, and Armed Women in Contemporary Gun Culture - Jennifer Carlson Feminism/s in Power: Rethinking Gender Equality after the Second Wave - Ann Shola Orloff and Talia Shiff Contextualizing the Closet: NAZ, Law, and Sexuality in Postcolonial India - Savina Balasubramanian Subjects of Rights and Subjects of Cruelty: The Production of an Islamic Backlash against Homosexuality in Turkey - Evren Savc?