This book explores belonging as a performative achievement. The contributors investigate how identities are embodied and effected, and how lines of allegiance and fracture are produced and reproduced. Questions of ‘difference’ are tackled from a perspective that attends to the complexities of history and politics. Drawing on sociology, philosophy and anthropology, this collection brings together leading commentators, including Judith Butler, Paul Gilroy and Arjun Appadurai, as well as a range of new scholars. It examines questions of visuality, political affiliation, ethics, mimesis, spatiality, passing, and diversity in modes of embodied difference.
- Performativity and Belonging: An Introduction
- Revisiting Bodies and Pleasures
- Historical Memory, Global Movements and Violence: Paul Gilroy and Arjun Appadurai in Conversation
- Re-Membering Places and the Performance of Belonging(s)
- Ethnic Absolutism and the Authoritarian Spirit
- ‘She'll Wake up One of These Days and Find She's Turned into a Nigger’: Passing Through Hybridity
- Classing Queer: Politics in Competition
- Mimesis as Cultural Survival: Judith Butler and Anti-Semitism
- On Speech, Race and Melancholia: An Interview with Judith Butler
- Subject, Psyche and Agency: The Work of Judith Butler
- Performativity, Parody, Politics
- Beyond Food/Sex: Eating and an Ethics of Eating
- Playing it Again: Citation, Reiteration or Circularity?