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States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity ➹ [Read] ➵ States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity By Wendy Brown ➼ – Thomashillier.co.uk Whether in characterizing Catharine MacKinnon s theory of gender as itself pornographic or in identifying liberalism as unable to make good on its promises, Wendy Brown pursues a central question how Whether in Injury: Power MOBI ó characterizing Catharine MacKinnon s theory of gender as itself pornographic or in identifying liberalism as unable to make good on its promises, Wendy Brown pursues a central question how does a sense of woundedness become the basis for a sense of identity Brown argues that efforts to outlaw hate speech and pornography powerfully legitimize the state such apparently well intentioned attempts harm victims further by portraying them as so helpless States of PDF \ as to be in continuing need of governmental protection Whether one is dealing with the state, the Mafia, parents, pimps, police, or husbands, writes Brown, the heavy price of institutionalized protection is always a measure of dependence and agreement to abide by the protector s rules True democracy, she insists, requires sharing power, not regulation by it freedom, not protection Refusing any facile identification with one political position or another, Brown applies her of Injury: Power PDF/EPUB è argument to a panoply of topics, from the basis of litigiousness in political life to the appearance on the academic Left of themes of revenge and a thwarted will to power These and other provocations in contemporary political thought and political life provide an occasion for rethinking the value of several of the last two centuries most compelling theoretical critiques of modern political life, including the positions of Nietzsche, Marx, Weber, and Foucault.

    Free Unlimited eBook of dependence and agreement to abide by the protector s rules True democracy, she insists, requires sharing power, not regulation by it freedom, not protection Refusing any facile identification with one political position or another, Brown applies her of Injury: Power PDF/EPUB è argument to a panoply of topics, from the basis of litigiousness in political life to the appearance on the academic Left of themes of revenge and a thwarted will to power These and other provocations in contemporary political thought and political life provide an occasion for rethinking the value of several of the last two centuries most compelling theoretical critiques of modern political life, including the positions of Nietzsche, Marx, Weber, and Foucault."/>
  • Paperback
  • 219 pages
  • States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity
  • Wendy Brown
  • English
  • 03 June 2018
  • 069102989X

About the Author: Wendy Brown

Wendy L Injury: Power MOBI ó Brown is an American political theorist She is Class of First Professor of Political Science and a core faculty member in The Program for Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.



10 thoughts on “States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity

  1. Vicky "phenkos" Vicky "phenkos" says:

    Read chapter 4, a critique of Catharine MacKinnon s Toward a Feminist Theory of the State I m inclined to side with Brown on this on account of the victimisation of women that marks MacKinnon s thought The chapter also includes an interesting critique of Marx, premised on Baudrillard In a nutshell, Brown argues that MacKinnon adopts theproblematic aspects of Marx s thought and leaves out thepromising ones Defo tbc

  2. Peter N. Peter N. says:

    I m so happy to have come across this book Finally, a feminist post Marxist Foucauldian critique of the state and of state oriented activism that points out something which should be obvious but is always sidestepped in just about all leftist theory, namely wait for it the state is an apparatus of domination It doesn t just represent some interests to the exclusion of others, as though it would cease to dominate if it only started includinginterests, because it is fundamentally pr I m so happy to have come across this book Finally, a feminist post Marxist Foucauldian critique of the state and of state oriented activism that points out something which should be obvious but is always sidestepped in just about all leftist theory, namely wait for it the state is an apparatus of domination It doesn t just represent some interests to the exclusion of others, as though it would cease to dominate if it only started includinginterests, because it is fundamentally premised on that exclusion She offers a stunning series of meditations on the state centredness of a number of contemporary feminist theorists particularly Catherine MacKinnon, but also Patricia Williams and Nancy Hartsock , and the ways that their theories work to supplant male domination with protection and interference from the state, the very institution which has been historically and discursively essential to the development of patriarchy in late modernity Brown argues instead for reinvigorating desires for radical freedom, freedom disentangled from its masculinist liberal connotations of freedom against the will of others other male individuals or freedom from social constraints the family, reproductive obligations, sexual availability But this isn t a simplistic anarcho purist rejection of all reformist politics she just wants to move from efforts to utilise state power to protect socially subordinated groups, which only end up producing subjects that fall in line with state disciplinary regimes of subordination, to a politics of manipulating and undermining state power, sometimes accepting its concessions for strategic purposes, as part of a radically democratic project of building the future together It s intricately argued, clearly written, and packs dynamite on every page even the footnotes Solid gold

  3. Quin Rich Quin Rich says:

    Good, but clearly dated Oddly, the best most compelling essays were not those for which this book is most famous eg Wounded Attachments , which I found to be overly abstract and lacking contemporary relavance, but rather those where Brown most directly engages in explicitly feminist theorizing eg The Mirror of Pornography and Finding the Man in the State.As an aside, it s interesting, having now read this book, to note how it circulates in current debates over trigger warnings, the neol Good, but clearly dated Oddly, the best most compelling essays were not those for which this book is most famous eg Wounded Attachments , which I found to be overly abstract and lacking contemporary relavance, but rather those where Brown most directly engages in explicitly feminist theorizing eg The Mirror of Pornography and Finding the Man in the State.As an aside, it s interesting, having now read this book, to note how it circulates in current debates over trigger warnings, the neoliberal university, and related topics Those who invoke it don t really seem to be engaging with the substance or or nuance of Brown s original arguments, but are instead invoking a quasi libertarian view of politics, the state, and the subject

  4. Katherine Katherine says:

    I always raise an eyebrow to people who say, This book changed my life especially about political theory but this book truly did This is probably the first book I read where I really got into the argument, the way it was structured, the words and metaphors used to describe it I am always a captive reader of Brown, and although I am usually not like this i.e., acolyte , I eagerly await everything Brown publishes Aside from the sheer quality and power of her arguments, she is a very I always raise an eyebrow to people who say, This book changed my life especially about political theory but this book truly did This is probably the first book I read where I really got into the argument, the way it was structured, the words and metaphors used to describe it I am always a captive reader of Brown, and although I am usually not like this i.e., acolyte , I eagerly await everything Brown publishes Aside from the sheer quality and power of her arguments, she is a very thoughtful and clever and many times, witty writer as well She is especially sharp in questioning the law s reach into our lives, our desire for equality over and against what she sees as a stifled desire for freedom see Catharine MacKinnon , and in her creative descriptions of identity based fights for rights I wish I had it with me so I could re read it right now

  5. Emma Emma says:

    so incredibly satisfying

  6. Walter Maar Walter Maar says:

    Una joya.

  7. Andrew Nolan Andrew Nolan says:

    I wish I had given this a first reading ten years ago Immensely detailed analysis of political identities and notions of freedom Quite breath taking and will require multiple reads for me to even get half of what Brown is driving at.

  8. Sara Salem Sara Salem says:

    One of the most interesting and stimulating books I ve read recently So much to think about

  9. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    This book has been hugely influential in a number of fields, though reading it now, it s hard to imagine it could be written today, especially because of how Brown discusses racial politics It s very much a creature of the 1990s Let s call it peak Foucault I d say it was peak Postmodern except for the lack of clarity for many about what that term means, but she uncritically uses Nietzsche s theories of ressentiment and slave morality to attack what were essentially movements to her lef This book has been hugely influential in a number of fields, though reading it now, it s hard to imagine it could be written today, especially because of how Brown discusses racial politics It s very much a creature of the 1990s Let s call it peak Foucault I d say it was peak Postmodern except for the lack of clarity for many about what that term means, but she uncritically uses Nietzsche s theories of ressentiment and slave morality to attack what were essentially movements to her left at the time The essays at the end of the book, on Marx s On the Jewish Question and on liberalism s family values are the strongest and most provocative critiques of liberalism The discussion of gender and the identity of woman is also a clearer articulation of anti essentialist feminism than available in Judith Butler s work, and could be valuable for teaching On the other hand, I found Brown s discussion of race and identity politics to be both remarkably polemical and poorly historically informed The book s emphasis on combating Catherine MacKinnon is a bit like an attack on an already collapsed pinata I was a grad student in a feminist studies program in the 1990s, and I still don t recall any serious feminist academic agreed with her about anything, so it is hard to understand why she comes up so frequently in the book, unless it s to critique others by association

  10. Ian Miller Ian Miller says:

    Fun to read, but ultimately unconvincing

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