Violence and the Body

Violence and the Body

Race, Gender, and the State
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Format: Paperback 9 b&w photos, 1 figures, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21559-8
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Violence and the Body: Race, Gender, and the State explores the relationship between subalternity, the discourse and technology of the body, and the rise and proliferation of racial, colonial, sexual, domestic, and state violence, examining the materiality of violence on the "otherized" body.

Grounded in U.S./Mexico border and Latin American cultural studies, the essays in this collection intersect discussions of subalternity, violence, and discourses of the body in a transethnic, feminist, and global cultural studies context. They provide a global mapping of contemporary modes and acts of physical and representational violence and demonstrate how discourses of otherization are reinforced and interanimated through violence on what Elizabeth Grosz has called the "intensities" and "flows" of the body.

Author Bio

Arturo J. Aldama, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Arizona State University, is author of Disrupting Savagism and co-editor of Decolonial Voices (Indiana University Press).


“Violence and the Body: Race, Gender and the State culls together theoretically informed interdisciplinary, feminist, and transethnic cultural studies essays that consider the relationship between subalternity, the discourse and technology of the body, and the rise and proliferation of racial, colonial, sexual, domestic, and state violence. It attempts to intersect feminist work on the social constructions of the body (Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grosz and Zillah Eisenstein) with women of color theories of the multiplicity of oppression and resistance (Norma Alarcón, Chandra Mohanty, Chela Sandoval, bell hooks, Angela Davis, Elaine Kim and Annette Jaimes Guerrero) to discern the materiality of violence on the "otherized" body. ”

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Table of Contents


Foreword: The Red and the Black Alfred Arteaga

Violence, Bodies, and the Color of Fear: An Introduction Arturo J. Aldama

Part One. Global Crossings: Racialized and Sexualized Conflicts

1. Borders, Violence and the Struggles for Chicana/o Subjectivity Arturo J. Aldama

2. Petrarchan Patriarchal: Poetic Nationalism or National Pornography in Hungary? Aniko Imre

3. Militarization of the Feminine Body: Women's Participation in the Tamil Nationalist Struggle Yamuna Sangarasivam

4. Blood and Dirt: Politics of Women's Protest in Armagh Prison, North Ireland Leila Neti

5. Bodily Metaphors, Material Exclusions: The Sexual and Racial Politics of Domestic Partnership in France Catherine Raissiguier

6. Mattering National Bodies and Sexualities: Corporeal Contest in Marcos and Brocka Rolando B. Tolentino

7. The Time of Violence. Deconstruction and Value Elizabeth Grosz

Part Two. Coloniality and the Consumption of the Other

8. Consuming Cannibalism: The Body in Australia's Pacific Archive Mike Hayes

9. Isolates of Historic Interest' (IHSs): On Biocolonialism and Global Genocide of Indigenous Peoples by the Genome Diversity Agenda Annette Jaimes Guerrero

10. Angola, Convict Lease, and the Annulment of Freedom: The Vectors of Architectural and Discursive Violence in the U.S. "Slavery of Prison" Dennis Childs

11. Bernhard Goetz and the Politics of Fear Jonathan Markovitz

12. Pierced Tongues: Language and Violence in Carmen Boullosa's Dystopia Margarita Saona

Part Three. Performing Race, Gender and Sexuality

13. Constituting Transgressive Interiorities: Psychiatric Readings of Morally Mad Bodies Heidi Rimke

14. When Electrolysis Proxies for the Existential: A Somewhat Sordid Meditation on What Might Occur If Fanon, Castellanos, Derrida, Spivak, and Cisneros Asked Rita Hayworth Her Name William Anthony Nericcio

15. Double Cross: FTMs of Color, Asian