The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy

The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy Author David L. Eng
ISBN-10 0822347326
ISBN-13 9780822347323
Year 2010-04-30
Pages 268
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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In The Feeling of Kinship David L Eng investigates the emergence of queer liberalismthe empowerment of certain gays and lesbians in the United States economically through an increasingly visible and mass mediated queer consumer lifestyle and politically through the legal protection of rights to privacy and intimacy Eng argues that in our colorblind age the emergence of queer liberalism is a particular incarnation of liberal freedom and progress one constituted by both the racialization of intimacy and the forgetting of race Through a startling reading of Lawrence v Texas the landmark legal decision overturning Texass antisodomy statute Eng reveals how the ghosts of miscegenation haunt both Lawrence and the advent of queer liberalism Eng develops the concept of queer diasporas as a critical response to queer liberalism A methodology drawing attention to new forms of family and kinship accounts of subjects and subjectivities and relations of affect and desire the concept differs from the traditional notions of diaspora theories of the nation state and principles of neoliberal capitalism upon which queer liberalism thrives Eng analyzes films documentaries and literature by Asian and Asian American artists including Wong Kar wai Monique Truong Deann Borshay Liem and Rea Tajiri as well as a psychoanalytic case history of a transnational adoptee from Korea In so doing he demonstrates how queer Asian migrant labor transnational adoption from Asia and the political and psychic legacies of Japanese internment underwrite narratives of racial forgetting and queer freedom in the present A focus on queer diasporas also highlights the need for a poststructuralist account of family and kinship one offering psychic alternatives to Oedipal paradigms The Feeling of Kinship makes a major contribution to American studies Asian American studies diaspora studies psychoanalysis and queer theory

Racial Castration

Racial Castration Author David L. Eng
ISBN-10 9780822381020
Release 2001-02-27
Pages 300