Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others

Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others Author Sara Ahmed
ISBN-10 0822339145
ISBN-13 9780822339144
Year 2006-12-04
Pages 223
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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In this groundbreaking work Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use Focusing on the orientation aspect of sexual orientation and the orient in orientalism Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time Bodies take shape as they move through the world directing themselves toward or away from objects and others Being orientated means feeling at home knowing where one stands or having certain objects within reach Orientations affect what is proximate to the body or what can be reached A queer phenomenology Ahmed contends reveals how social relations are arranged spatially how queerness disrupts and reorders these relations by not following the accepted paths and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach those that might at first glance seem awry Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appearand those that do notas signs of orientation in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserls Ideas In developing a queer model of orientations she combines readings of phenomenological textsby Husserl Heidegger Merleau Ponty and Fanonwith insights drawn from queer studies feminist theory critical race theory Marxism and psychoanalysis Queer Phenomenology points queer theory in bold new directions

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