The Politics of Everybody: Feminism, Queer Theory and Marxism at the Intersection (Paperback)

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It’s commonly understood within the academy that the terms “man,” “woman,” and “other” are socially constructed, and that their meanings are maintained by the current political order. But few thinkers have attempted to reconcile that knowledge—which is rooted in Marxism—with queer theory. The few who have, meanwhile, usually attempt to do so through issues of libidinal desire and sexual expression.

In The Politics of Everybody, Holly Lewis argues powerfully that the emphasis on desire, though seemingly innocuous, is actually symptomatic of neoliberal habits of thought, and consequently, is responsible for a continued focus on the limited politics of identity. Instead, Lewis shows, we should look to the arena of body production, categorization, and exclusion; only through such a reorientation can we create a politics of liberation that is truly inclusive and grounded in lived experience.

About the Author

Holly Lewis is assistant professor of philosophy at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Praise For…

“Like a breath of air from some enlightened future, this book will invigorate and inspire all readers looking for a fresh alternative to the smugly inward theoreticism of so much contemporary feminism and queer theory, advancing by leaps and bounds a conversation that has struggled to emerge for far too long.”
— James Penney, Trent University

“Lewis asks incisive questions about the relationship between the universal and the particular, between sex and gender, and sameness and difference. In so doing it rejects both an economistic reading of macro processes and an individuated reading of relations at the micro level. Ultimately it is a provocative book: for it provokes both thought and action.”
— Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University

“At a time when Marxist politics is struggling more than ever against the current, queer Marxist scholarship is enjoying a slight, startling, heartening resurgence. Lewis’s The Politics of Everybody is a major contribution to the trend.”
— Europe Solidare Sans Frontières

“[A] thought provoking and original text.”
— Critical Social Policy

Product Details
ISBN: 9781783602872
ISBN-10: 1783602872
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: February 15th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English