The Problems of Resistance: Studies in Alternate Political Cultures

The Problems of Resistance: Studies in Alternate Political Cultures


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This volume seeks to bring into focus some of the main dimensions of political hegemony, including judicial repression, state terror, the structures of racialization, discrimination, and colonization. Against these, it then offers open-ended views of many different levels of resistance, from mass struggles and problems of national liberation to alternate ways of living one's intimate life within the community. The role of imagination, ideology, and critique in organizational activity, the problem of absorption by the hierarchy one resists, and modes of regeneration of political energies are all brought together as dimensions of cultures of resistance.

The essays here collected do not offer solutions but raise questions within four main themes: domination, cultural formation, reification, and transformation. Ultimately, the various perspectives are based on the concept that autonomy is the fundamental building block of democracy. The different issues involved are viewed as moments on a common political trajectory leading toward the liberation of the human spirit from repressive social and cultural forces.

Taken as a whole, these outstanding essays broaden our understanding of liberation and provide an excellent resource for philosophers and activists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573929127
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Radical Philosophy Today Series
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Steve Martinot (San Francisco, CA) is an instructor in the Department of Humanities at San Francisco State University.
Joy James (Providence, RI) is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Series Preface7
Part I.Domination23
1.Postsocialist Prophecy: Latin America and the Future of Progressive Politics29
2.The "Question" of Prison Praxis: Relations of Force, Social Reproduction, Points of Departure46
3.After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness? Foucault, Racism, and the Death Penalty69
4.The Racialization of Space: Toward a Phenomenological Account of Raced and Antiracist Spatiality86
Part II.Culture105
5.The Geography of Gender: Transgender Experiences Revise the Map110
6.Resistance, Self-Fashioning, and Gay Identity119
7.There is No Interracial Sexual Relationship: Race, Love, and Sexuality in the Multiracial Movement135
8.Participatory Democracy in an Age of Global Capitalism155
Part III.Reification169
9.Under No Un/Certain Terms174
10.Pornography, Objectification, and the Sartrean "Look"188
11.Cyborg-Mothers: Feminist Discourses of Assisted Reproductive Technologies203
12.Cooperatives, Basic Income, and the Transition to Socialism216
Part IV.Transformation231
13.1968 as a Precedent for Revolt Against Globalization: A Sartrean Interpretation of the Global Uprising234
14.The Secular Religion, Postsecularism, and Marxism252
15.Reading Behind the (Enemy's) Lines: Fighter-Teachers of Eritrea's Independence War274

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