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Scandalize My Name

Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life

Terrion L. Williamson

From sapphire, mammy, and jezebel, to the angry black woman, baby mama, and nappy-headed ho, black female iconography has had a long and tortured history in public culture. The telling of this history has long occupied the work of black female theorists—much of which has been foundational in situating black women within the matrix of sociopolitical thought and practice in the United States. Scandalize My Name builds upon the rich tradition of this work while approaching the study of black female representation as an opening onto a critical contemplation of the vagaries of black social life. It makes a case for a radical black subject-position that structures and is structured by an intramural social order that revels in the underside of the stereotype and ultimately destabilizes the very notion of “civil society.” At turns memoir, sociological inquiry, literary analysis, and cultural critique, Scandalize My Name explores topics as varied as serial murder, reality television, Christian evangelism, teenage pregnancy, and the work of Toni Morrison, to advance black feminist practice as a mode through which black sociality is both theorized and made material.

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Sovereignty and Its Other

Toward the Dejustification of Violence

Dimitris Vardoulakis

In this new book, Dimitris Vardoulakis asks how it is possible to think of a politics that is not commensurate with sovereignty. For such a politics, he argues, sovereignty is defined not in terms of the exception but as the different ways in which violence is justified. Vardoulakis shows how it is possible to deconstruct the various justifications of violence. Such de-justifications can only take place by presupposing an other to sovereignty, which Vardoulakis identifies with radical democracy. In doing so, Sovereignty and Its Other puts forward both a novel critique of sovereignty and an original philosophical theory of democratic practice.

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The Techne of Giving

Cinema and the Generous Form of Life

Timothy C. Campbell

In a neoliberal milieu of charitable gift-giving, nearly everything given and received becomes the subject of a calculus. Is there another way to conceive of generosity? What would giving and receiving without gifts look like? Bringing political philosophy together with classical Italian cinema, Timothy Campbell opens up the possibility of a generous form irreducible to contemporary biopower.

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