dinsdag 5 maart 2013

Boekentip: Terrorist Assemblages door Jasbir Puar

De feministische boekentip voor deze week is er een van Sarah Bracke. Als sociologe doceert Sarah aan de KULeuven over cultuur, kapitalisme, religie, gender en etniciteit. Haar meest recente publicaties situeren zich op de kruispunten van nationalisme, secularisme, islam, feminisme en de holebibeweging. Samen met Sara Abou Ghazal maakte ze Pink Camouflage, een video-essay over de instrumentalisering van holebirechten. De juiste persoon dus om een boekentip aan te dragen binnen het kader van het thema feminisme & seksualiteit!

Sarah tipt het boek 'Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times', door Jasbir Puar (2007, Duke University Press). In dit baanbrekend werk analyseert Jasbir Puar hoe configuraties van ras, gender, seksualiteit, klasse en natie en de holebibeweging zich verhouden tot en medeplichtig zijn aan huidige ontwikkelingen richting militarizering, counterterrorisme en nationalisme.

Jasbir Puar is Associate Professor in Vrouwenstudies en Gender Studies aan Rutgers University (V.S.)
Op haar website zijn links te vinden naar andere publicaties alsook interviews:

Op de website van Duke University Press wordt het boek als volgt omschreven:

"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."

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