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Bodies and Pleasures Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization

ISBN-10: 0253213258
ISBN-13: 9780253213259
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Description: Sexual identities are dangerous, Michel Foucault tells us. Categories of desire harden into stereotypes by which the forces of normalization hold us and judge us. In Bodies and Pleasures, Ladelle McWhorter reads Foucault from an original and  More...

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Book details

Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 7/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 9.50" wide x 6.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Sexual identities are dangerous, Michel Foucault tells us. Categories of desire harden into stereotypes by which the forces of normalization hold us and judge us. In Bodies and Pleasures, Ladelle McWhorter reads Foucault from an original and personal angle, motivated by the differences this experience has made in her life. At the same time, her analysis advances discussion of key issues in Foucault scholarship: the genealogical critique, the status of the subject and humanism, essentialism versus social construction, and the relationships between identity, community, and political action. Weaving her own experience of coming to grips with her lesbian sexual identity into her readings of Foucault's most recent writings on sexuality and power, McWhorter argues compellingly that Foucault's texts should be read less for the arguments they advance and more for their transformative effect. By exploring bodies and pleasures--gardening, line dancing, or doing philosophy, for example--McWhorter shows that it isn't necessary to conform with socially recognized sexual identities. Bodies and Pleasures takes the reader beyond unexplored norms and imposed identities as it points the way toward a personal politics, ethics, and style that challenges our sexual selves.

Ladelle McWhorter is the James Thomas Professor of Philosophy and Professor of the Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program at the University of Richmond. She is author of Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization (IUP, 1999).

Abbreviations
Introduction: Foucault's Impact: Challenges and Transformations
Views from the Site of Political Oppression: Or, How I served as an Anchor Point for Power and Emerged as a Locus of Resistance
Genealogical Diversions: Wherein the Ascetic Priestess Loses Her Way and Begins to Wander Aimlessly Through Dem Ole Cotton Fields Back Home
Why I Shouldn't Like Foucault . . . So They Say
Disorientation: Or, Beyond Sex-Desire
Natural Bodies: Or, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Deviants
Self-Overcoming Through Ascetic Pleasures
Counterattack: An Ethics of Style Inconclusion
Notes
Index

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