Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783602872 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783602889 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only

The Politics of Everybody

Feminism, Queer Theory and Marxism at the Intersection

Holly Lewis

The Politics of Everybody

Holly Lewis

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272 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783602872 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783602889 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
It’s commonly understood within the academy that the terms “man,” “woman,” and “other” are socially constructed, and that their meanings are maintained by the current political order. But few thinkers have attempted to reconcile that knowledge—which is rooted in Marxism—with queer theory. The few who have, meanwhile, usually attempt to do so through issues of libidinal desire and sexual expression.

In The Politics of Everybody, Holly Lewis argues powerfully that the emphasis on desire, though seemingly innocuous, is actually symptomatic of neoliberal habits of thought, and consequently, is responsible for a continued focus on the limited politics of identity. Instead, Lewis shows, we should look to the arena of body production, categorization, and exclusion; only through such a reorientation can we create a politics of liberation that is truly inclusive and grounded in lived experience.
I. The Politics of Everybody
II. Communitarian Ideals and Culture Wars
III. How is Every Body Sorted?

Chapter 1: Terms of the Debate
I. Debates in Western Gender Politics
II. What is Capitalism?
III. Philosophy and the Marxian Roots of Queer Political Thought
IV. Conclusion to Chapter One

Chapter 2: Marxism and Gender
I. Don't be vulgar...
II. From the Woman Question to the Gender Question
II. Marxism at the Center and the Periphery IV. Marx on Women
V. Marx on Gender and Labor
VI. The Major Works: Marx's 'Ethnological Notebooks' and Engels' 'Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State'.
VII. Early Marxist and Socialist Feminism
III. Theories of Social Reproduction
IX. Race and Social Reproduction
X. Sexism, Marxism, and The Second Wave

Chapter 3: Queer Politics and the Possibilities of a Queer/Trans Marxism
I. Beyond Idealist Models of Oppression
II. Ideology and Repetition: Race
III. Ideology and Repetition: Gender
IV. Why Class is Not a Moral Category
V. The Rise of Queer Politics in the Mid to Late 20th Century
VI. Marxist Critiques of Queer Theory
VII. Beyond Homonormativity and Homonationalism
VIII. The Spinning Compass of American Queer Politics
IX. Towards an Internationalist Queer Marxism part one: Local and Global Knowledges
X. Towards an Internationalist Queer Marxism, part two: the Marxist Critique of the Postcolonialism

I. Solidarity is not Community
II. Ten Axioms Towards a Queer Marxist Future
Review Quotes
James Penney, Trent University
“Like a breath of air from some enlightened future, this book will invigorate and inspire all readers looking for a fresh alternative to the smugly inward theoreticism of so much contemporary feminism and queer theory, advancing by leaps and bounds a conversation that has struggled to emerge for far too long.”
Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University
“Lewis asks incisive questions about the relationship between the universal and the particular, between sex and gender, and sameness and difference. In so doing it 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.”
Europe Solidare Sans Frontières
“At a time when Marxist politics is struggling more than ever against the current, queer Marxist scholarship is enjoying a slight, startling, heartening resurgence. Lewis’s The Politics of Everybody is a major contribution to the trend.”
Critical Social Policy
“[A] thought provoking and original text.”
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