Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory
Columbia University Press, 2010 - 344 síğur
Michel Foucault was the first to embed the roots of human sexuality in discipline and biopolitics, therefore revolutionizing our conception of sex and its relationship to society, economics, and culture. Yet over the past two decades, scholars have limited themselves to the study of Foucault's History of Sexuality, volume 1 paying lesser attention to his equally explosive History of Madness. In this earlier volume, Foucault recasts Western rationalism as a project that both produces and represses sexual deviants, calling out the complicity of modern science and the exclusionary nature of family morality. By reclaiming these deft moves, Lynne Huffer teases out exciting new strands of Foucauldian thought. She then revisits the theorist's ethical work in light of these discoveries, divining an ethics of eros that sees sexuality as a lived experience we are repeatedly called on to remember. Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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That perspective views social and political change as the result of successive , strategic contestatory practices ... Foucault's political perspective might be better described as a politics of resistance , to use Feher's term .
concern is the “ injury ” of identity and identity politics , not the injuring that is subjectivity . ... swallows up subjectivity altogether , Butler's psychoanalytic Nietzscheanism leads her to recuperate injury as political agency .
Like both feminist and queer theorists , Foucault understands “ sex as a political issue . ” 45 But sex is political for Foucault in ways that are different from the sexual politics most commonly associated with queers and feminists .
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