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Performativity & Belonging

Edited by:
  • Vikki Bell - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK


September 1999 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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. The volume advances conceptual and theoretical issues through testing various propositions around specific examples or questions. What emerges is a rich engagement with the complexity of contemporary forms of belonging.


Vikki Bell
Performativity and Belonging
An Introduction  
Judith Butler
Revisiting Bodies and Pleasures
Vikki Bell
Historical Memory, Global Movements and Violence
Paul Gilroy and Arjun Appadurai in Conversation  
Anne-Marie Fortier
Re-Membering Places and the Performance of Belonging(s)
Chetan Bhatt
Ethnic Absolutism and the Authoritarian Spirit
Sara Ahmed
'She'll Wake Up One of These Days and Find She's Turned Into a Nigger'
Passing through Hybridity  
Mariam Fraser
Classing Queer
Politics in Competition  
Vikki Bell
Mimesis as Cultural Survival
Judith Butler and Anti-Semitism  
Vikki Bell
On Speech, Race and Melancholia
An Interview with Judith Butler  
Lois McNay
Subject, Psyche and Agency
The Work of Judith Butler  
Moya Lloyd
Performativity, Parody, Politics
Elspeth Probyn
Beyond Food/Sex
Eating and an Ethics of Eating  
Jan Campbell and Janet Harbord
Playing it Again
Citation, Reiteration or Cicularity?  

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