States of Injury Power and Freedom in Late Modernity

ISBN-10: 069102989X

ISBN-13: 9780691029894

Edition: 1995

Authors: Wendy Brown

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Whether in characterizing Catharine MacKinnon's theory of gender as itself pornographic or in identifying liberalism as unable to make good on its promises, Wendy Brown pursues a central question: how does a sense of woundedness become the basis for a sense of identity? Brown argues that efforts to outlaw hate speech and pornography powerfully legitimize the state: such apparently well-intentioned attempts harm victims further by portraying them as so helpless as to be in continuing need of governmental protection. "Whether one is dealing with the state, the Mafia, parents, pimps, police, or husbands," writes Brown, "the heavy price of institutionalized protection is always a measure of dependence and agreement to abide by the protector's rules." True democracy, she insists, requires sharing power, not regulation by it; freedom, not protection. Refusing any facile identification with one political position or another, Brown applies her argument to a panoply of topics, from the basis of litigiousness in political life to the appearance on the academic Left of themes of revenge and a thwarted will to power. These and other provocations in contemporary political thought and political life provide an occasion for rethinking the value of several of the last two centuries' most compelling theoretical critiques of modern political life, including the positions of Nietzsche, Marx, Weber, and Foucault.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 219
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Freedom and the Plastic Cage
Postmodern Exposures, Feminist Hesitations
Wounded Attachments
The Mirror of Pornography
Rights and Losses
Liberalism's Family Values
Finding the Man in the State
Index
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