Hegemony and Heteronormativity: Revisiting 'the Political' in Queer Politics (Queer Interventions)

Hegemony and Heteronormativity: Revisiting 'the Political' in Queer Politics (Queer Interventions)

By: Prof., Dr. Maria do Mar Castro Varela (author), Nikita Dhawan (editor), Antke Engel (editor)Hardback

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This book reflects on 'the political' in queer theory and politics by revisiting two of its key categories: hegemony and heteronormativity. It explores the specific insights offered by these categories and the ways in which they augment the analysis of power and domination from a queer perspective, whilst also examining the possibilities for political analysis and strategy-building provided by theories of hegemony and heteronormativity. Moreover, in addressing these issues the book strives to rethink the understanding of the term "queer", so as to avoid narrowing queer politics to a critique of normative heterosexuality and the rigid gender binary. By looking at the interplay between hegemony and heteronormativity, this ground-breaking volume presents new possibilities of reconceptualizing 'the political' from a queer perspective. Investigating the effects of queer politics not only on subjectivities and intimate personal relations, but also on institutions, socio-cultural processes and global politics, this book will be of interest to those working in the fields of critical theory, gender and sexuality, queer theory, postcolonial studies, and feminist political theory.

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MarA-a do Mar Castro Varela is Professor for Gender and Queer Studies at the Alice Salomon University Berlin, Germany Nikita Dhawan is Junior Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany Antke Engel is Director of the Institute for Queer Theory, Berlin, and research fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, Germany


Contents: Foreword, Lisa Duggan; Introduction: hegemony and heteronormativity: revisiting 'the political' in queer politics, Maria do Mar Castro Varela, Nikita Dhawan and Antke Engel; Revisiting contingency, hegemony and universality, Randi Gressgard; From the 'heterosexual matrix' to a 'heteronormative hegemony': initiating a dialogue between Judith Butler and Antonio Gramsci about queer theory and politics, Gundula Ludwig; Tender tensions - antagonistic struggles - becoming-bird: queer political interventions into neoliberal hegemony, Antke Engel; Normative dilemmas and the hegemony of counter-hegemony, Maria do Mar Castro Varela and Nikita Dhawan; How Sam became a father, became a citizen: scripts of neoliberal inclusion of disability, Katerina Kolarova; Signifying theory politics/queer?, Susanne Lummerding; The pleasures of compliance: domination and compromise within BDSM practice, Volker Woltersdorff; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/04/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781409403203
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781409403203
  • weight: 556
  • ISBN10: 1409403203

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