The Politics of Everybody


The Politics of Everybody
Feminism, Queer Theory and Marxism at the Intersection

Lewis, Holly
Publisher:  Zed Books
Year Published:  2015  
Pages:  272pp   Price:  38.82   ISBN:  978-1783602872
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19767

Holly explores the concepts of 'man', 'woman', and 'other' in the present political context. The book also attempts to reconcile queer theory and Marxist analysis.


From the Publisher:

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.

Table of Contents

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

Insert T_CxShareButtonsHorizontal.html here