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May 13, Eric rated it it was ok. Archived from the original on 23 July Also I do wish that if Puar was going to get into as big an idea jasblr why intersectionality doesn’t work as an analytical tool that she would have tied it into her many examples in the body of the book instead of just throwing it into the conclusion like it was an afterthought.

Paur does not want gay people to be ordinary she wants them to be a jaxbir for attacking social and political stuctures worldwide. As mentioned earlier, Fanon’s corpus of work is luminously suggestive of the homosexual fantasies and fears that found nationalism, whereby his anxieties about interracial heterosexual relations filter out homoerotic charges and antagonisms between colonized and colonizing men and by inference, colonized and colonizing women.

The introduction and preface are both theory-heavy and probably best read until after the rest of the textbut ppuar is overall an engaging read. Some day I want to write like Jasbir Puar. These incorporations have shifted many queers from their construction as figures of death via the AIDS epidemic to subjects paur to ideas of life and productivity gay marriage and reproductive kinship.

Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

New Directions in Women’s Homonationwlism. Feb 18, Steph rated it it was amazing Shelves: New Brunswick, New Jersey: Whenever Puar is not utilizing a text to clarify her thoughts and further her analysis, the amount of citations she incorporates can be overwhelming.


Terrorist Assemblages exemplifies the most difficult and yet homonationalizm important work that critical theory can offer jadbir readers and practitioners: Sometime later, after queer theory had been declared dead, resurrected, dismembered and sutured together again several times, Books by Jasbir K.

But Puar’s writing can also be quite dense. University of York M. Application to my field will be challenging, in part because of the Theory nature of the language here, but more because of the fairly advanced anti-oppression paradigm she assumes.

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.

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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. Return to Book Page. It is ferocious in its analysis and critique not only of networks of control over and unrelenting superpanopticism of queer, racialized bodies but also of queer, feminist, and critical race theory and activism.

Puar’s critiques of homonationalism and work on how terrorists function as queer subjects make this book incredibly thought provoking. I didn;t really understand the turban chapter which was a shame because I homonatioalism that for the author that might have been the real crux of everything.

Other books in the series. Also critical of intersectionality, but proposes assemblages.

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Her use of “terrorist” and “homonational” is little more than an homonationa,ism 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. I was happy in ch 4 when the author told us some of his own perspective and there were other wonderful passages of reflexivity which acknowledged the book’s limits and self-contradictions.


Looking at various cultural events and phenomena, she highlights troublesome links between terrorism and sexuality: She examines how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, shifting queers from their construction as figures of death to subjects tied to ideas of life and productivity. While she does not overtly state whether or not she recognizes this, I do think that in theorizing over people who commit atrocities which is not to privilege American atrocities as justified is a difficult task, especially with such extreme conflations of racism and homophobia tied to them.

Paur is angry at those Western gays who prefer marriage and life within liberal middle-class bounds.

Dec 22, Preeti rated it really liked it. 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. Here concepts, as metaphors are strung nicely throughout the book. New Brunswick, New Jersey[1] U. In the end, Paur has simply used postcolonial theory to attack the idea of gay assimilation into liberal society in the West. If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

Reminding me why I am in academia!!! Intimate Control, Infinite Direction: Dec 14, Sanchari Sur rated it it was amazing. Jan 06, Brenda rated it it was amazing. Puar importantly provides a salient and scathing political critique of nationalism in its hetero, homo, religious and racialized incarnations. It flows from the richly productive intersection of queer theory, postcolonial theory and poststructuralist theory, as the title implies.