Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and

Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire ❰Reading❯ ➷ Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire Author Wendy Brown – Thomashillier.co.uk Tolerance is generally regarded as an unqualified achievement of the modern West Emerging in early modern Europe to defuse violent religious conflict and reduce persecution, tolerance today is hailed Tolerance is generally regarded as an Tolerance in PDF ☆ unqualified achievement of the modern West Emerging in early modern Europe to defuse violent religious conflict and reduce persecution, tolerance today is hailed as a key to decreasing conflict across a wide range of other dividing lines cultural, racial, ethnic, and sexual But, as political theorist Wendy Regulating Aversion: PDF or Brown argues in Regulating Aversion, tolerance also has dark and troubling undercurrents Dislike, disapproval, and regulation lurk at the heart of tolerance To tolerate is not to affirm but to conditionally allow what is unwanted or deviant And, although presented as an alternative to violence, tolerance can play a part in justifying violence dramatically Aversion: Tolerance in Epub Ý so in the war in Iraq and the War on Terror Wielded, especially since, as a way of distinguishing a civilized West from a barbaric Islam, tolerance is paradoxically underwriting Western imperialism Brown s analysis of the history and contemporary life of tolerance reveals it in a startlingly unfamiliar guise Heavy with norms and consolidating the dominance of the powerful, tolerance sustains the abjection of the tolerated and equates the intolerant with the barbaric Examining the operation of tolerance in contexts as different as the War on Terror, campaigns for gay rights, and the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, Brown traces the operation of tolerance in contemporary struggles over identity, citizenship, and civilization.


About the Author: Wendy Brown

Wendy L Brown is an American Tolerance in PDF ☆ 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 “Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire

  1. Gordon Hilgers Gordon Hilgers says:

    Way too many people we encounter throw off the tolerance word never fully comprehending what it is they mean by tolerance, but when someone dares look up the word in a good dictionary, that someone will find that the actual meanings of tolerance are nowhere near commonly misused synonyms like acceptance or equality What this means is that Wendy Brown s Regulating Aversion Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire is one of those books you are lucky to find even if it constitutes difficult Way too many people we encounter throw off the tolerance word never fully comprehending what it is they mean by tolerance, but when someone dares look up the word in a good dictionary, that someone will find that the actual meanings of tolerance are nowhere near commonly misused synonyms like acceptance or equality What this means is that Wendy Brown s Regulating Aversion Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire is one of those books you are lucky to find even if it constitutes difficult reading for some Brown, one of the finest ethical philosophers to study the impact of neoliberalism on the common traditions of the liberal democratic tradition, here discusses how states and other implements of governmentality , a Foucaultean term for instruments of governing that bypass state regulation, legality and the political sphere altogether, culture, society, literature, art, mass media, economics, business, andall providing a great amount of how civilization orders and controls its citizens and subjects, and how while we often naively understand that equality is one of the primary values we use to measure our relations to both the state, to the many orders within the state s legal and political purviews, mainly because equality cannot embrace all civilization Hence Brown s study will be important to those who want to better understand women in civilization, orcomplexly, the other within civilization, mainly because tolerance properly defined means to tolerate or to bear qualities or factors that tend to be otherwise intolerable, difficult to bear This is a wow of a book Brown shows the difference between how women s liberation is a striving for equality, but the predicament of the Jews, both in 19th and 20th Century Europe, and in the United States, is often a striving for tolerance, a sort of separate but tolerated state of affairs that may or may not given time lead certain transnational or previously unequal populations towards equality In simpler words, tolerance is an add on when equality isn t enough Moreover, as Brown also shows, states and power elites, typically a majority or an empowered minority, often utilize tolerance as an imperialistic tool that actually makes sometimes hard lines in the sand between us and them or civilized and barbarian, and hence ideals such as multiculturalism become both problematic to liberal democratic nation states and to Western civilization itself and a matter of sometimes extreme injustice, especially when equality is not even on the table, not as a possibility or as a promise Tolerance is a double edged sword, and typically, those on top of the power gradient reap the advantages when they interpret themselves and their ways and means of life as civilized and all else as not civilized , or barbaric or even a threat to all humankind Local or non local, those problems only amplify injustice, at least when justice is actually valued, though often it is not in neoliberal ideology when soft economic power overwhelms or renders insignificant the demos or polity in favor of other ends neither liberal nor democratic at all This book is going to remain relevant for years to come as certain criticisms of Foucault and beyond continue to bear their weight againstconservative or traditional understandings of what constitutes power with the liberal democratic tradition


  2. Caleb Caleb says:

    Regulating Aversion is an intelligent and insightful but ultimately frustrating critique of tolerance discourse in western liberalism Brown lays bare the hypocrisies of tolerance, as well as its troubling ties to empire and violence Her chapter about the Museum of Tolerance is an excellent piece of criticism and the book as a whole skillfully undermines western liberalism s pretensions to universality and justice But Brown mostly smashes idols and reveals inconsistencies, which brings her dan Regulating Aversion is an intelligent and insightful but ultimately frustrating critique of tolerance discourse in western liberalism Brown lays bare the hypocrisies of tolerance, as well as its troubling ties to empire and violence Her chapter about the Museum of Tolerance is an excellent piece of criticism and the book as a whole skillfully undermines western liberalism s pretensions to universality and justice But Brown mostly smashes idols and reveals inconsistencies, which brings her dangerously close to complete cultural relativism, at least in theory if not in personal practice or belief Sometimes her comparisons between the plight of women in North America and elsewhere seem insincere, though I don t dismiss them completely In any case, if so much of western liberalism and liberal culture is just as arbitrarily cultural and conceivably barbaric as the Others that it chooses to tolerate or condemn, are we left with no grounds to critique or restrict cultural practices that we and Brown find to be abhorrent Brown exposes hypocrisy and violence skillfully, but she leaves little to stand on Moreover, her condemnation of certain positions and practices as wrong or unjust frequently assumes that her reader shares her views She should have doneto show why her view of a particular injustice should be shared.It is interesting to read this book in 2014 2015, given that it appeared in 2006, at the nadir of the Bush years Its original context gives Brown a rather easy and unsophisticated target to attack quote throughout George W Bush I m still not sure how I feel about this On the one hand, it seems too easy to go after him and his regime, and the frequency with which she uses his public statements as an object of criticism makes the book feel too much of its strident time Of course Bush s articulation of liberalism is hypocritical On the other hand, she is critiquing the public articulations that historically justified multiple wars and which still animate our moment I write this review the day after the Charlie Hebdo shooters were finally killed the discourse now is that their acts were barbaric acts against the free expression of liberalism and civilization , even if their most explicit and simplistic mouthpiece is no longer around


  3. Scott Moore Scott Moore says:

    A must read Today, we hear from every corner, differences matter If not intrinsic and permanent which is what much popular and scientific discourse holds they are at least considered highly intractable And tolerance is required because they are intractable Indeed, as the homosexuality is curable advocates make clear, differences eligible for transformation do not require tolerance Tolerance arises at the dusk of Enlightenment Man not to relieve us of the problem of difference but to in A must read Today, we hear from every corner, differences matter If not intrinsic and permanent which is what much popular and scientific discourse holds they are at least considered highly intractable And tolerance is required because they are intractable Indeed, as the homosexuality is curable advocates make clear, differences eligible for transformation do not require tolerance Tolerance arises at the dusk of Enlightenment Man not to relieve us of the problem of difference but to inscribe its power and permanence Wendy Brown, Regulating Aversion


  4. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    This book would serve as a good starting point for discussion in a class on multiculturalism, foreign policy or race relations Sadly, I read it on my lonesome, quickly, and without the consideration such discussion would afford So doing, I was reminded of reading H Marcuse back in high school This was easier, but then I meducated now Acontemporary association was with M Foucault.What I didn t see much of, but would have liked to have seen muchof would be a listing of the This book would serve as a good starting point for discussion in a class on multiculturalism, foreign policy or race relations Sadly, I read it on my lonesome, quickly, and without the consideration such discussion would afford So doing, I was reminded of reading H Marcuse back in high school This was easier, but then I meducated now Acontemporary association was with M Foucault.What I didn t see much of, but would have liked to have seen muchof would be a listing of the taboos restrictions we comfortable white folks bear in the West and in the U.S.A in particular Perhaps they might be culled from the writings of non westerners Brown does mention some, but only in a paragraph and only towards the end of her text That would be mind opening for me


  5. Sang Agung Sang Agung says:

    It should be reiterated widely that tolerance is not in itself a value, but rather a tactic of managing difference Tolerance have been the watchword of liberalism ever since its conception during the religious strife in 17th century Europe At first, the word only pertains to the managing of contradicting beliefs in a given society As time goes on however, the meaning of the concept was extended to include the management of perceived difference in gender, in race, and in sexuality.Liberal tole It should be reiterated widely that tolerance is not in itself a value, but rather a tactic of managing difference Tolerance have been the watchword of liberalism ever since its conception during the religious strife in 17th century Europe At first, the word only pertains to the managing of contradicting beliefs in a given society As time goes on however, the meaning of the concept was extended to include the management of perceived difference in gender, in race, and in sexuality.Liberal tolerance managed difference in its subject by several mechanisms, all of which depended on the Cartesian view of the soul body split 1 The pure human soul is rational, and humanistic Liberalism is the height of rationality, so profane things such as religion and culture is, at least subconsciously, regarded as defect in the supreme rationality of the human soul For liberals, illiberalism is a mark of defect in humanity.2 A tolerant person has a superior position in the matrix of power relation to those who are the subject of toleration American Christians can be said to tolerate the Muslims, but American Muslims can t be said to be tolerant towards their Christian brethren Same goes for Indonesian muslims and non Muslims, and for any majority to minority in general.3 Neutralization of difference by relegating it to the private You can go to church or mosque or temple, and you can fuck men or women or anything in between, but you can never make your difference be visible in public, lest your inhuman defect become political And God knows how everyone hate to politicize identities nowadays By everyone, I mean liberals whose notion of identity is severely twisted.Brown threw lots of unkind remarks at tolerance However, she maintained that tolerance is still a very useful and is a virtuous trait to have She just wrote this book to make us wiser to how the discourse of tolerance works in maintaining and shuffling the structure of power.Well, I can say that I m wiser than I had been before I read this book And also a tadpessimistic, I should add


  6. Thai Divone Thai Divone says:

    Highly interesting and, unfortunately, highly relevant, this is a book I m taking with me for the seminar I m writing on Secularity The breadth of the material covered is amazing, what is evennoteworthy is the density of the writing Every word counts, and that s not an easy fit, to say the least The time did take its tall, as the references to George Bush Jr do seem a bit dated, and yet it is quite easily one of theimportant books I ve read this year.


  7. Huzo Huzo says:

    Tolerance is invoked in liberal democratic societies when a hegemonic norm can not colonize or incorporate its Other with ease, when that norm maintains or regroups its strength through a new technique of marginalization and regulation rather than through incorporation and direct relations of subordination.


  8. Rachel Rachel says:

    An interesting read I would have liked to seesupporting evidence, but it definitely provides food for thought.


  9. Andrew Murano Andrew Murano says:

    Regulating Aversion is an outstanding critique of the concept of tolerance and its use as a supplement for understanding to further justify oppression We tolerate the Other as a form of domination and control Jews in Europe were the subject of toleration before 1945 Chapter 03 , as Muslims are today Chapter 06 Brown s books serve as magnificent critiques of liberalism, modernity and the West s self righteousness.Wendy Brown is an excellent writer, my notes for this book were nearly as lo Regulating Aversion is an outstanding critique of the concept of tolerance and its use as a supplement for understanding to further justify oppression We tolerate the Other as a form of domination and control Jews in Europe were the subject of toleration before 1945 Chapter 03 , as Muslims are today Chapter 06 Brown s books serve as magnificent critiques of liberalism, modernity and the West s self righteousness.Wendy Brown is an excellent writer, my notes for this book were nearly as long as the book itself, as every paragraph seemed vital and worthy of reflection The book is often painful to read as it hits close to home, a seemingly benign concept exposed as yet another discourse of control and oppression


  10. Bookshark Bookshark says:

    This book is a thorough and nuanced account of the operation of tolerance discourse as articulated by Western liberalism Brown is attentive to detail, clear in her reasoning, probing in her questioning, and careful in her conclusions For these reasons, it is an excellent book However, this book is not theoretically groundbreaking It is a fine application of Foucault and other theorists, and often thought provoking with regard to the particulars of this topic, but it is only occasionally surp This book is a thorough and nuanced account of the operation of tolerance discourse as articulated by Western liberalism Brown is attentive to detail, clear in her reasoning, probing in her questioning, and careful in her conclusions For these reasons, it is an excellent book However, this book is not theoretically groundbreaking It is a fine application of Foucault and other theorists, and often thought provoking with regard to the particulars of this topic, but it is only occasionally surprising and it does not really attempt to posit big revolutionary ideas


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