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Global Justice and Desire

Queering Economy

Edited by Nikita Dhawan, Antke Engel, Christoph H.E. Holzhey, Volker Woltersdorff

© 2015 – Routledge

218 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Description

Employing feminist, queer, and postcolonial perspectives, Global Justice and Desire addresses economy as a key ingredient in the dynamic interplay between modes of subjectivity, signification and governance. Bringing together a range of international contributors, the book proposes that both analyzing justice through the lens of desire, and considering desire through the lens of justice, are vital for exploring economic processes. A variety of approaches for capturing the complex and dynamic interplay of justice and desire in socioeconomic processes are taken up. But, acknowledging a complexity of forces and relations of power, domination, and violence – sometimes cohering and sometimes contradictory – it is the relationship between hierarchical gender arrangements, relations of exploitation, and their colonial histories that is stressed. Therefore, queer, feminist, and postcolonial perspectives intersect as Global Justice and Desire explores their capacity to contribute to more just, and more desirable, economies.

Table of Contents

I. Entanglements of Desire and Economy; 1. Marx’s Concept of Radical Needs in the Guise of Queer Desire 2. Can the Subaltern Desire? The Erotic As a Power and the Disempowerment of the Erotic 3. The Associations of Black Queer Life: Reading and Seeing the Nineteen Eighties 4. Queer Economic Justice: Desire, Critique, and the Practice of Knowledge II. Intersections of Sexual and Economic Justice; 5. The Instrumentalization of Sexual Diversity in a Civilizational Frame of Cosmopolitanism and Tolerance 6. Unruly Desires, Gay Governance, and the Makeover of Sexuality in Postcolonial India 7. Integrating Sexual and Economic Justice: Challenges for queer feminist activism against sexual violence in South Africa 8. Classing Desire: Erotics, Politics, Value III. The Political Economy of Queer Embodiments 9. Queer Needs Commons! Transgressing the Fiction of Self-ownership, Challenging Westocentric Proprietism 10. The Ruse of Sexual Freedom: Neoliberalism, Self-Ownership and Commercial Sex 11. Queer Economies: Possibilities of Queer Desires and Economic Bodies (Because ‘The Economy’ Is Not Enough)

About the Editors

Nikita Dhawan is Junior Professor of Political Science for Gender and Postcolonial Studies and Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Antke Engel is the director of the Institute for Queer Theory in Berlin, Germany.

Christoph H. E. Holzhey is the founding director of the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Germany.

Volker Woltersdorff is currently a fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute, Germany.

About the Series

Social Justice

Within a broad geopolitical and intellectual landscape, this new, theoretically engaged, interdisciplinary series explores institutional and grassroots practices of social justice across a range of spatial scales. While the pursuit of social justice is as important as it has ever been, its character, conditions, values, and means of advancement are being radically questioned and rethought in the light of contemporary challenges and choices. Attuned to these varied and evolving contexts, Social Justice explores the complex conditions social justice politics confronts and inhabits – of crisis, shock, and erosion, as well as renewal and social invention, of change as well as continuity.

Foregrounding struggle, imagined alternatives and the embedding of new norms, the Social Justice series welcomes books which critically and normatively address the values underpinning new social politics, everyday forms of embodied practice, new dissident knowledges, and struggles to institutionalise change. In particular, the series seeks to explore state and non-state forms of organisation, analysing the different pathways through which social justice projects are put into practice, and the contests their practice generates. More generally, submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

• The changing politics of equality and social justice

• The establishment of alternative, organised sites and networks through which social and political experimentation take place

• The phenomenology of power, inequality and changing social relations

• Techniques of governance through which social change and equality agendas are advanced and institutionalised across different geographic scales

• Institutionalisation of new norms (through official and unofficial forms of institutionalisation) and struggles over them

• Practices of resistance, reversal, counter-hegemony and anti-normativity

• Changing values, practices, and the ways in which relations of inequality and difference are understood

Social Justice is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics and cultural studies. The series welcomes proposals that advance theoretical discussion about social justice, power, institutions, grass-roots practice and values/ ethics. Seeking to develop new conversations across different disciplines and fields, and working with wide-ranging methodologies, Social Justice seeks contributions that are open, engaging, and which speak to a wide, diverse academic audience across all areas of the law, social sciences and humanities.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Davina Cooper, Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, UK
Tel: +44 (1227) 824172
d.s.cooper@kent.ac.uk

Sarah Lamble, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
s.lamble@bbk.ac.uk

Sarah Keenan, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
s.keenan@bbk.ac.uk

 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
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LAW / General
LAW014010
LAW / Commercial / International Trade
LAW043000
LAW / Gender & the Law
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies