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States of Injury 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 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 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 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.


10 thoughts on “States of Injury

  1. 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 a...


  2. 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 ne...


  3. says:

    so incredibly satisfying


  4. 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 ...


  5. 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.


  6. says:

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


  7. says:

    No one does biting, lefty political critique quite like Wendy Brown With an impeccable critical pedigree i.e Marx, Foucault, Weber, feminist political theory and a dazzling analytic ability to match, these essays are simply some of the finest pieces of modern political theory around Questioning, in particular, the way in which freedom has increasingly been framed in terms of both rights and the state as in to be free is to have the right to X , or, The role of the state is to guarantee No one does biting, lefty political critique quite like Wendy Brown With an impeccable critical pedigree i.e Marx, Foucault, Weber, feminist political theory and a dazzling analytic ability to match, these essays are simply some of the finest pieces of modern political theory around Questioning, ...


  8. says:

    para el marxismo de lo que se trata es precisamente de que en la propia realidad hay una ruptura estructuralmente necesaria de la distinci n no solo el poder pol tico es en ltima instancia un poder un monopolio del poder para aplicar la violencia, sino que l mismo est basado en la violencia en la amenaza de la violencia Hay que vincular este punto d bil a la omisi n que hace Arendt de la econom a, de la esfera de la producci n, de la pol tica propiamente dicha lo que pasa por alto e para el marxismo de lo que se trata es precisamente de que en la propia realidad hay una ruptura estructuralmente necesaria de la distinci n no solo el poder pol tico es en ltima instancia un poder un monopolio del poder para aplicar la violencia, sino que l mismo est basado en la violencia en la amenaza de la violencia Hay que vincular este punto d bil a la omisi n que hace Arend...


  9. says:

    Wendy Brown brilliantly upends the ways in which we typically think of freedom and political identity With a keen eye to the ways in which dominant structures have indoctrinated the discourse of freedom and political rights, Brown asks us to rethink our political goals The chapter which stuck with me most is Wounded Attachments, in which Brown questions the white middle class heteronormative referent for sameness and normalization, and pushes us to change our language from I am to I want Wendy Brown brill...


  10. says:

    Yay I am FINALLY finished reading this book This was probably one of the most painful things I have ever had to read The language made it very difficult to understand Everyone once in a while i would start to understand what was going on, and I was able to ...


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