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The Politics of Everybody Holly Lewis (Texas State University, USA)

The Politics of Everybody By Holly Lewis (Texas State University, USA)

The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis (Texas State University, USA)

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Constituting a paradigm shift in gender theory, this book argues that only a materialist queer theory wedded to the realities of capitalism is capable of creating a true politics of liberation.

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The Politics of Everybody: Feminism, Queer Theory, and Marxism at the Intersection: A Revised Edition by Holly Lewis (Texas State University, USA)

The Politics of Everybody examines the production and maintenance of the terms 'man', 'woman', and 'other' within the current political moment; the contradictions of these categories; and the prospects of a Marxist approach to praxis for queer bodies. Few thinkers have attempted to reconcile queer and Marxist analysis. Those who have propose the key contested site to be that of desire/sexual expression. This emphasis on desire, Lewis argues, is symptomatic of the neoliberal project and has led to a continued fascination with the politics of identity. By arguing that Marxist analysis is in fact most beneficial to gender politics within the arena of body production, categorization and exclusion, Lewis develops a theory of gender and the sexed body that is wedded to the realities of a capitalist political economy. Boldly calling for a new, materialist queer theory, Lewis defines a politics of liberation that is both intersectional, transnational, and grounded in lived experience. With a new preface, Lewis discusses the argument for an explicitly Marxist understanding of trans rights - an understanding grounded in solidarity and materialist/scientific queer analysis. She also discusses the new wave of Marxist Social Reproduction Theory that has emerged since the first edition, family abolition, and the complexities of building an internationalist Marxist movement that is in solidarity with queer and trans struggles, attentive to women's realities, and one that refrains from imposing Western definitions (particularly American/Anglo definitions) onto global movements for liberation.

The Politics of Everybody Reviews

At a time when Marxist politics is struggling more than ever against the current, queer Marxist scholarship is enjoying a slight, startling, heartening resurgence. Holly Lewis' The Politics of Everybody is a major contribution to the trend. * Europe Solidare Sans Frontieres *
Asks incisive questions about the relationship between the universal and the particular, between sex and gender, and sameness and difference. In so doing she rejects both an economistic reading of macro processes and an individuated reading of relations at the micro level. Ultimately it is a provocative book: for it provokes both thought and action. * Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University *
[A] thought provoking and original text. * Critical Social Policy *

About Holly Lewis (Texas State University, USA)

Holly Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Texas State University, where she teaches continental philosophy, aesthetics, and political philosophy. She holds a PhD from the European Graduate School, as well as a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focused on US and Latin American studies with an emphasis on women and gender.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition Introduction The Politics of Everybody Communitarian Ideals and Culture Wars How is Every Body Sorted? 1. Terms of the Debate Debates in Western Gender Politics What is Capitalism? Philosophy and the Marxian Roots of Queer Political Thought Conclusion to Chapter One 2. Marxism and Gender Don't be vulgar... From the Woman Question to the Gender Question Marxism at the Center and the Periphery Marx on Women Marx on Gender and Labor The Major Works: Marx's 'Ethnological Notebooks' and Engels' 'Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State'. Early Marxist and Socialist Feminism Theories of Social Reproduction Race and Social Reproduction Sexism, Marxism, and The Second Wave 3. Queer Politics and the Possibilities of a Queer/Trans Marxism Beyond Idealist Models of Oppression Ideology and Repetition: Race Ideology and Repetition: Gender Why Class is Not a Moral Category The Rise of Queer Politics in the Mid to Late 20th Century Marxist Critiques of Queer Theory Beyond Homonormativity and Homonationalism The Spinning Compass of American Queer Politics Towards an Internationalist Queer Marxism Conclusions Solidarity is not Community Ten Axioms Towards a Queer Marxist Future

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The Politics of Everybody: Feminism, Queer Theory, and Marxism at the Intersection: A Revised Edition by Holly Lewis (Texas State University, USA)
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