Queering Freedom

Queering Freedom

by Shannon Winnubst

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Radically reorienting, challenging, provocative, this book moves progressive philosophy, feminist and queer theory, critical discussions of race and racism forward. Prophetically, it calls for an interrogation of all our oppositional theory and politics, offering new and alternative visions." —bell hooks

In Queering Freedom, Shannon Winnubst examines contemporary categories of difference—sexuality, race, gender, class, and nationality—and how they operate within the politics of domination. Drawing on the work of Georges Bataille, Michel Foucault, and others, Winnubst engages feminist theory, race theory, and queer theory as she sheds light on blind spots that have characterized thinking about freedom. Winnubst turns away from the language of rights, identity politics, and liberation toward bodies and experiences to calibrate normative ideas of time and space. Her views operate at the very limits of freedom, which contain individuals within strict boundaries that they are forbidden to cross. Winnubst develops strategies of "queering freedom" to undo the more subtle spatial and temporal norms and shatter structures of domination. This thoughtful and provocative work challenges the cornerstones of contemporary philosophies about the body and its politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253218308
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Shannon Winnubst is Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Seduction of Freedom
Part One. Demarcating the Space of Domination: The Politics of Freedom
1. Liberalism's Neutral Individual: Delimiting Racial and Sexual Difference
2. Is the Mirror Racist? Interrogating the Space of Whiteness
3. The Place of Sexual Difference: Idealizing Heterosexual Desire
Part Two. Moving toward Resistance: A Politics without a Future
4. Free to Be Queer: Queer to Be Free
5. The Temporality of Whiteness: Anticipating Pleasure (And Feeling Nothin' But Guilty)
6. The Freedom of Sovereignty: Remembering Lost Pasts
Epilogue: A Political Note against Same-Sex Marriage
Notes
References
Index

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Radically reorienting, challenging, provocative, this book moves progressive philosophy, feminist and queer theory, critical discussions of race and racism forward. Prophetically, it calls for an interrogation of all our oppositional theory and politics, offering new and alternative visions.

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