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Puar argues that configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity are realigning in relation to contemporary forces of securitization, counterterrorism, and nationalism.
She examines how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, through developments including the legal In this pathbreaking work, Jasbir K. She examines how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, through developments including the legal recognition inherent in the overturning of anti-sodomy laws and the proliferation of more mainstream representation.
These incorporations have shifted many queers from their construction as figures of death via the AIDS epidemic to subjects tied to ideas of life and productivity gay marriage and reproductive kinship. Puar contends, however, that this tenuous inclusion of some queer subjects depends on the production of populations of Orientalized terrorist bodies. Heteronormative ideologies that the U. Puar combines transnational feminist and queer theory, Foucauldian biopolitics, Deleuzian philosophy, and technoscience criticism, and draws from an extraordinary range of sources, including governmental texts, legal decisions, films, television, ethnographic data, queer media, and activist organizing materials and manifestos.
Looking at various cultural events and phenomena, she highlights troublesome links between terrorism and sexuality: Paperbackpages. New Directions in Women’s Studies. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Terrorist Assemblagesplease sign up. Is the actual book as impossible to read as the blurb? Paragraphs guys are golden. See 1 question about Terrorist Assemblages…. Lists with This Book. Dec 28, ralowe rated it did not like it. View all 9 comments. May 16, janet added it Shelves: Rating this book doesn’t seem appropriate because while I couldn’t say I liked very much of the reading of it, it is of irrefutable importance in my field so I will need to find my way into it.
Some have said it is impossible to read, but as a literature student I didn’t have a problem with it. I will admit I was happy to have finished reading it. As Puar is rather imaginative and creative with language, when I couldn’t pin down a meaning I just accepted that and continued on, knowing that the m Rating this book doesn’t seem appropriate because while I couldn’t say I liked very much of the reading of it, it is of irrefutable importance in my field so I will need to find my way into it.
As Puar is rather imaginative and creative with language, when I couldn’t pin down a meaning I just accepted that and continued on, knowing that the meaning would come to me.
I will be tracing some of her paths and branching off from her work based on her amazing “works cited” over the summer at least. In a review, someone suggested that one should just read the introduction and conclusion if you are not into theory. I wouldn’t read it at all if you are not interested in theory. If you are interested in theory, read the book. The introduction and conclusion are the most difficult to read. I found the chapters much easier to get into and it was only through reading the entire book that the conclusion or her title really makes sense.
What is crucial about her book is that she is offering a potential way of moving beyond identity politics which she argues must be abandoned because they have come to serve state surveillance at this point, that is if one considers identity fixed and visible. Considering biopolitics and necropolitics and proceeding by way of affect and in tension with intersectionality she begins to establish the power of assemblage from Deleuze and Guattari.
I got extremely tired of her borrowing of Butler who borrowed from Derrida “always already” but I saw her purpose for doing that in the end. I was also frustrated with her very broad use of the word “queer” which is becoming a somewhat amorphous word, a fact I lament as I felt it had rather useful purposes.
On the other hand, through her argument, she uncoupled it from sexual behavior as identity and this is useful. Her use of “race” and “racialization” needed more explanation, although it wasn’t difficult to extrapolate that she has deconstructed race as she has done with queerness. When she stated her purpose in a direct way she only addressed queer studies whereas I think she is also including critical race theory and it was really too bad she didn’t explicate where her work is coming from.
Well, I guess that leaves an opening for further work.
Jasbir Puar – Wikipedia
As groupings and political action by communities of identity are questioned, she opens up a space for creative reimagining of communities or networks.
These offer the most compelling implications in her work. Apr 19, DoctorM rated it did not like it Shelves: Paur’s “Terrorist Assemblages” is an example of theory allowed to substitute for concrete analysis. In the end, Paur’s argument is simply one more chapter in the arguments “Q vs. R”, it was called in the Eighties between those in the gay world who see same-sex preferences as only one factor in life, and those who hope to see “queerness” as a tool for radical subversion. In the end, Paur has simply used postcolonial theory to attack the idea of gay assimilation into liberal society in the West.
Paur is angry at those Western gays who prefer marriage and life within liberal middle-class bounds. Assimilation, she argues, betrays the radical possibilities of “queerness”. Paur does not want gay people to be ordinary she wants them to be a force for attacking social and political stuctures worldwide. Her use of “terrorist” and “homonational” is little more than an effort to add a post gloss to an argument against assimilation, and her invocation of the “Orientalised terrorist body” has little behind it but an effort to position “queerness” as standing with the non-Western world against Western hegemony.
She fails utterly to see why Western gays or “queers” might look at Islamist values as a threat, and refuses to consider the treatment of gay people in Islamist or Islamic-revival societies.
Too much theory, too little attention to the concrete, or to the concrete political wishes of gay people. View all 3 comments.
Feb 22, L rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jasbir Puar is hardcore. No one is safe from the wrath of her pen. Combining theory, metaphor and oodles of concrete examples, Puar shows how certain groups of people are able to assimilate, how others use that selective assimilation as an excuse to consider themselves exceptional, and how the world of torture, terrorism, and its reflection in popular culture and academia sometimes act in tandem to oppress or erase unacceptable populations.
The introduction and preface are both theory-heavy and Jasbir Puar is hardcore. The introduction and preface are both theory-heavy and probably best read until after the rest of the textbut this is overall an engaging read. Of the dozens of scholarly monographs I’ve read to date, this stands in memory as one of the most passionate, and for monographs which often run the diverse gamut from dry all the way to boringthis is an impressive feat.
It doesn’t hurt too that Puar’s spectrum of resources – Judith Butler, art installments, Foucault, news articles, advertisements, South Park yupetc. As far as scholarly monographs go, this lady is a rock star.
Anyone interested in race and gender and sexuality studies shouldn’t ignore this one. Sep 20, Brian rated it really liked it. This book argues that in these fearful times formed by the global war on terror and neoliberal capitalist policies that queer identities are being commodified by white heterosexual society in order to more fully control the processes of the body, the mind, and most importantly one’s psychic identification with the nation state.
May 21, A. My professor didn’t know how to teach it to us, and he’s a very smart dude. What does that say about this text? Not good things, I must say. Jun 30, Az rated it it was amazing. Some day I want to write like Jasbir Puar. Sep 10, micha cardenas rated it it was amazing. In my search for books to use as the focus of my MFA project, this is definitely one of the best books I’ve come across.
It flows from the richly productive intersection of queer theory, postcolonial theory and poststructuralist theory, as the title implies. Yet this author isn’t content to demonstrate how a concept from Deleuze is demonstrated by her example, she vibrantly puts these concepts to work in a passionate attempt to critically examine queer politics and find out exactly how it is bei In my search for books to use as the focus of my MFA project, this is definitely one of the best books I’ve come across.
Yet this author isn’t content to demonstrate how a concept from Deleuze is demonstrated by her example, she vibrantly puts these concepts to work in a passionate attempt to critically examine queer politics and find out exactly how it is being coopted and used by “war on terror” agendas.
From Katy Perry to Tila Tequila to Ikea ads with interracial gay couples, cooptation of queer sexualities for decidely non-radical ends is everywhere, and Jasbir K. Puar shows in this careful, well-written, thorough book how queer politics is being aligned with anti-muslim and pro-war politics. Dec 17, Nadia rated it liked it Shelves: This is definitely one of the most important texts of the last decade with a great complicated argument-a good thing because complicated problems require complicated analysis.
I’m not much of a theory head and this book is full of academic language-sometimes excessively and unneccessarily so-but I didn’t really find it that hard to follow.
I enjoyed this argument a lot more the times I read it in essay form though. Also I do wish that if Puar was going to get into as big an idea as why intersect This is definitely one of the most important texts of the last decade with a great complicated argument-a good thing because complicated problems require complicated analysis. Also I do wish that if Puar was going to get into as big an idea as why intersectionality doesn’t work as an analytical tool that she would have tied it into her many examples in the body puad the book instead of just throwing it into the conclusion like it was an afterthought.
Mar 08, Kyle Jxsbir rated it really liked it. Though a complicated and challenging book that at time suffers from being too wrapped up in academic jargon, it dares you to think of queerness and embodiment in new ways.
Like Heather Love of “Feeling Backward: It is something people should read but only with the utmost care and time. Dec 22, Preeti rated it really liked it. Had to read this for thesis, but also, a class.