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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.

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A collection of essays by Alexander addressing the implications of transnational thinking for our understanding of gender, sex, sexuality, and race.

About the Author

M. Jacqui Alexander is Professor of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a coeditor of Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World and Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I: Transnational Erotics: State, Capital, and the Decolonization of Desire

1. Erotic Autonomy as a Politics of Decolonization: Feminism, Tourism, and the State in the Bahamas 21

2. Imperial Desire/Sexual Utopias: White Gay Capital and Transnational Tourism 66

Part II: Maps of Empire, Old and New

3. Whose New World Order? Teaching for Justice 91

4. Anatomy of a Mobilization 117

5. Transnationalism, Sexuality, and the State: Modernity's Traditions at the Height of Empire 181

Part III. Dangerous Memory: Secular Acts, Sacred Possession

6. Remembering This Bridge Called My Back, Remembering Ourselves 725

7. Pedagogies of the Sacred: Making the Invisible Tangible 287

Notes 333

Bibliography 373

Index 395

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822336075
Author:
Alexander, M. Jacqui
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Judith Halberstam
Author:
M. Jacquialexander
Author:
Alexander
Author:
Lowe, Lisa
Author:
Halberstam, Judith
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Social justice
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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