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Read online Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative With the same intellectual courage with which she addressed issues of gender in two earlier best selling Routledge books i Gender Trouble i and i Bodies That Matter i philosopher Judith Butler turns her attention to speech and conduct in contemporary political life looking at several efforts to target speech as conduct that has become subject to political debate and regulation Reviewing hate speech regulations anti pornography arguments and recent controversies about gay self declaration in the military Judith Butler asks whether and how language acts in each of these cultural sites i Excitable Speech i examines the issue of the threatening action of words The book suggests that although language is a kind of performance which has the power to produce political effects and injuries it is best understood as a scene of injury rather than its cause Rather Butler warns us against a sovereign view of language in which the words we speak are construed as unequivocal forms of conduct She shows that the repetition of injurious language can be the occasion of its redefinition Butler illuminates the efficacy of injurious language covering speech act therapy in both philosophical and literary traditions Supreme Court cases hate speech and pornography critics and recent bans on gay speech in the military by Judith Butler

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Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative
Title:Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative
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Number of Pages:200
Category:Philosophy, Theory, Non fiction, Feminism, Language, Cultural studies, Gender
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Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence, Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex", Giving an Account of Oneself, Undoing Gender, Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?, The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection
As a form of power subjection is paradoxical To be dominated by a power external to oneself is a familiar and agonizing form power takes To find however that what one is one s very formation as a subject is dependent upon that very power is quite another If following Foucault we understand power as i forming i the subject as well it provides the very condition of its existence and the trajectory of its desire Power is not simply what we depend on for our existence but that which forms reflexivity as well Drawing upon Hegel Nietzsche Freud Foucault and Althusser this challenging and lucid work offers a theory of subject formation that illuminates as ambivalent the psychic effects of social power br br If we take Hegel and Nietzsche seriously then the inner life of consciousness and indeed of conscience not only is fabricated by power but becomes one of the ways in which power is anchored in subjectivity The author considers the way in which psychic life is generated by the social operation of power and how that social operation of power is concealed and fortified by the psyche that it produces Power is no longer understood to be internalized by an existing subject but the subject is spawned as an ambivalent effect of power one that is staged through the operation of conscience br br To claim that power fabricates the psyche is also to claim that there is a fictional and fabricated quality to the psyche The figure of a psyche that turns against itself is crucial to this study and offers an alternative to describing power as internalized Although most readers of Foucault eschew psychoanalytic theory and most thinkers of the psyche eschew Foucault the author seeks to theorize this ambivalent relation between the social and the psychic as one of the most dynamic and difficult effects of power br br This work combines social theory philosophy and psychoanalysis in novel ways offering a more sustained analysis of the theory of subject formation implicit in such other works of the author as i Bodies That Matter On the Discursive Limits of Sex i and i Gender Trouble Feminism and the Subversion of Identity i, Since its publication in i Gender Trouble i has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender queer theory or the politics of sexuality in culture This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would go on to take life as performativity theory as well as some of the first articulations of the possibility for subversive gender practices and she writes in her preface to the th anniversary edition released in that one point of i Gender Trouble i was not to prescribe a new gendered way of life but to open up the field of possibility for gender Widely taught and widely debated i Gender Trouble i continues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world, What does it mean to lead a moral life In her first extended study of moral philosophy Judith Butler offers a provocative outline for a new ethical practice one responsive to the need for critical autonomy and grounded in a new sense of the human subject Butler takes as her starting point one s ability to answer the questions What have I done and What ought I to do She shows that these question can be answered only by asking a prior question Who is this I who is under an obligation to give an account of itself and to act in certain ways Because I find that I cannot give an account of myself without accounting for the social conditions under which I emerge ethical reflection requires a turn to social theory In three powerfully crafted and lucidly written chapters Butler demonstrates how difficult it is to give an account of oneself and how this lack of self transparency and narratibility is crucial to an ethical understanding of the human In brilliant dialogue with Adorno Levinas Foucault and other thinkers she eloquently argues the limits possibilities and dangers of contemporary ethical thought Butler offers a critique of the moral self arguing that the transparent rational and continuous ethical subject is an impossible construct that seeks to deny the specificity of what it is to be human We can know ourselves only incompletely and only in relation to a broader social world that has always preceded us and already shaped us in ways we cannot grasp If inevitably we are partially opaque to ourselves how can giving an account of ourselves define the ethical act And doesn t an ethical system that holds us impossibly accountable for full self knowledge and self consistency inflict a kind of psychic violence leading to a culture of self beratement and cruelty How does the turn to social theory offer us a chance to understand the specifically social character of our own unknowingness about ourselves In this invaluable book by recasting ethics as a project in which being ethical means becoming critical of norms under which we are asked to act but which we can never fully choose Butler illuminates what it means for us as fallible creatures to create and share an ethics of vulnerability humility and ethical responsiveness, In i Bodies That Matter i renowned theorist and philosopher Judith Butler argues that theories of gender need to return to the most material dimension of sex and sexuality the body Butler offers a brilliant reworking of the body examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the matter of bodies sex and gender Butler argues that power operates to constrain sex from the start delimiting what counts as a viable sex She clarifies the notion of performativity introduced in i Gender Trouble i and via bold readings of Plato Irigaray Lacan and Freud explores the meaning of a citational politics She also draws on documentary and literature with compelling interpretations of the film i Paris is Burning i Nella Larsen s i Passing i and short stories by Willa Cather