978-1-84046-092-6 / 9781840460926

Foucault and Queer Theory (Postmodern Encounters)


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In The History of Sexuality Michel Foucault situated the genealogy of modern debates about and around sexuality, he historicised, and so questioned, any idea of a naturalism concerning the self. Gay activists (and Foucault himself was queer) have used his work to explore the creation, extension and politicisation of sexual preferences and practices. They have found in his work a way to attack the now ridiculous notion that certain behaviours are any more natural and--normally extending from this--valid than any other. Queer Theory's name is already an indication of its militancy: by appropriating what was previously a term of abuse activists and writers have argued that their perceived transgressions are, in fact, radical critiques of behaviours formed by acquiescence to Power over long stretches of time. Queer theory is already also a critique of the gay identity politics of the 70s and 80s. Tamsin Spargo's compact, easy to read introduction to how Foucault's writings on sexuality have informed a new gay politics and how poststructuralism has allowed a more sophisticated problematic of the self to extend and radicalise queer thinking comes highly recommended. --Mark Thwaite

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