Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred (Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe)

Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred (Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe) Author M. Jacqui Alexander
ISBN-10 0822336456
ISBN-13 9780822336457
Year 2006-01-18
Pages 424
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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M Jacqui Alexander is one of the most important theorists of transnational feminism working today Pedagogies of Crossing brings together essays she has written over the past decade uniting her incisive critiques which have had such a profound impact on feminist queer and critical race theories with some of her more recent work In this landmark interdisciplinary volume Alexander points to a number of critical imperatives made all the more urgent by contemporary manifestations of neoimperialism and neocolonialism Among these are the need for North American feminism and queer studies to take up transnational frameworks that foreground questions of colonialism political economy and racial formation for a thorough re conceptualization of modernity to account for the heteronormative regulatory practices of modern state formations and for feminists to wrestle with the spiritual dimensions of experience and the meaning of sacred subjectivity In these meditations Alexander deftly unites large often contradictory historical processes across time and space She focuses on the criminalization of queer communities in both the United States and the Caribbean in ways that prompt us to rethink how modernity invents its own traditions she juxtaposes the political organizing and consciousness of women workers in global factories in Mexico the Caribbean and Canada with the pressing need for those in the academic factory to teach for social justice she reflects on the limits and failures of liberal pluralism and she presents original and compelling arguments that show how and why transgenerational memory is an indispensable spiritual practice within differently constituted women of color communities as it operates as a powerful antidote to oppression In this multifaceted visionary book Alexander maps the terrain of alternative histories and offers new forms of knowledge with which to mold alternative futures