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John Corner

3 Subjectivity The idea of subjectivity, indicating the ‘space of the self’ both at conscious and unconscious levels and the various factors contributing to the self’s constitution and agency within the world, has become steadily more important in a range of social science and humanities investigations, including in areas where it has only quite recently had any significant conceptual presence. This has happened because awareness has grown of the complexity of the intersecting vectors that construct subjectivity, and the complexity, too, of its modes of

in Theorising Media
Nadia Kiwan

7 Subjective identities Introduction Chapters 4–6 have shown how the young people of North African origin who participated in the field research constructed some of their experiences and practices according to individual–universalist values whereas other areas of their lives tended to be constructed with reference to a cultural or socio-economic (or spatial) community. This chapter will focus on the subjectivity of the interviewees. Do they manage to articulate contending aspects of their identity? Do they oscillate between individualist representations and more

in Identities, discourses and experiences
Sal Renshaw

9780719069604_4_004.qxd 07/01/2009 05:04PM Page 133 CHAPTER 4 Graceful subjectivities I insist on the value of movement. One never has grace, it is always given. Grace is life itself. In other words, it is an incessant need, but even if it is given, like life itself, this does not mean that it will be received. To have received grace does not mean to have it, once and for all. Adam and Eve were the only people who ‘had’ it but without knowing. And they were in Paradise at the time when there was no having. We mortals have the chance, the luck of being on

in The subject of love
Parvati Nair
Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla

Part IV Subjectivity As is well known, since the intellectual revolution in the late 1960s and early 1970s, new theoretical methodologies, mostly associated with post-structuralism, have opened up the possibility of articulating a challenge to the prevalence of humanist perspectives in Western culture. Humanist thought advocated the autonomy of a transcendental individual, namely a man, who was in control of his thought

in Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers
Everyday articulations of identity at the limits of order

This book offers a theoretically and empirically rich analysis of humour’s relevance to world politics. Drawing on literature from a range of disciplines including International Relations (IR), literary theory, cultural studies and sociology, its central claim is that humour plays an underappreciated role in the making and unmaking of political subjectivities. As such, humour not only provides an illuminating way into debates about identity and the everyday production and reproduction of order, but also opens up hitherto under- or even unstudied sites where this production and reproduction takes place. With reference to the ancient comic figure of the parasite, the book suggests that humour has historically been understood in relation to anxieties about subjectivity, estrangement and the circumscription and protection of the political sphere. It identifies three distinct spaces where humour has informed, enabled or defined ‘parasitic’ engagements with world politics. In the body of artwork produced by detainees in concentration camps, in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others (LGBTQ+) responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and in carnivalesque tactics of contemporary mass protest, one can observe actors engaging through humour in the interrogation, negotiation and contestation of social, political and international relations. Through these detailed studies, the book demonstrates how everyday practices like humour can draw from, feed into, interrupt and potentially transform world politics.

Fugitive community in Kunzru’s short stories
Peter Ely

. Principal amongst these has been Kunzru’s repeated experimentations with narrative voice, where the limits of human subjectivity, relationships and community are explored through unstable, composite or otherwise unconventional narrative perspectives. This chapter argues Kunzru has repeatedly used the short story as a vital laboratory to test the limits of narrative voice and subjectivity, uncovering new

in Hari Kunzru
Sara Mills

Subjectivity and spatiality The link between colonial subjectivity and spatial relations is relatively under-investigated and in this chapter I examine the way that spatial relations often determine and impact on the construction of colonial identities, and how subjectivities play a role in the construction and contesting of spatiality. Subjectivity has been analysed largely from the perspective of psychoanalysis and, because psychoanalysis is not able to analyse the historical specificity of the social and

in Gender and colonial space
Nadia Kiwan

8 From individual to collective subjectivities? Introduction Chapter 7 revealed that a number of interviewees mobilise a sense of individual subjectivity and agency. However, what about the question of mobilising a collective sense of subjectivity or agency? It has already been pointed out that a process of individual subjectivation involves an, albeit difficult, reconciliation of individual and community, of social and cultural specificities. Do young French-North Africans enter into this process of subjectivation on a collective level? In other words, do they

in Identities, discourses and experiences
Crispian Fuller

Introduction This chapter examines the contribution that G.H. Mead’s conception of the self can make to understanding political subjectivity, and it deploys this approach in a case study of urban politics in the UK. Mead was a key figure in the development of pragmatist psychology and philosophy. He powerfully argued that there can be no self, consciousness of self or communication separate from society ( Mead, 1934 ). His work has profound implications for thinking about human agency, and in this chapter I explore the potential impact of his ideas on

in The power of pragmatism
Understanding the intimate labour involved in clitoral reconstruction after female genital cutting
Malin Jordal

Introduction Utilizing three case studies of women with female genital cutting (FGC) in Sweden, this chapter discusses how precarious subjectivities are created and manifested through female genital cutting and its aftermath. First, undergoing FGC involves bodily vulnerability of physical, sexual and psychological kinds. Second, for women belonging to an immigrant (and often African) minority, bioprecarity can manifest itself through corporeal, cultural and structural racism (Gondouin, 2012 ; Pred, 2002 ), which places them at the lower end of the social

in Bodily interventions and intimate labour