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By Mary Hawkesworth

Embodied energy explores dimensions of politics seldom addressed in political technological know-how, illuminating kingdom practices that produce hierarchically-organized teams via racialized gendering—despite promises of formal equality. demanding disembodied money owed of citizenship, the e-book strains how glossy technology and legislation produce race, gender, and sexuality as purportedly traditional features, overlaying their political genesis. Taking the us as a case research, Hawkesworth demonstrates how varied legislation and regulations pertaining to civil and political rights, schooling, housing, and welfare, immigration and securitization, policing and felony justice create finely honed hierarchies of distinction that constitution the existence clients of fellows and ladies of specific races and ethnicities inside of and throughout borders. as well as documenting the continued operation of embodied strength throughout assorted coverage terrains, the publication investigates complicated methods of on the grounds that render raced-gendered relatives of domination and subordination invisible. From universal assumptions approximately individualism and colorblind belief to disciplinary norms equivalent to methodological individualism, methodological nationalism, and summary universalism, tricky presuppositions maintain flawed notions pertaining to formal equality and criminal neutrality that let country practices of racialized gendering to flee detection with profound outcomes for the lifestyles clients of privileged and marginalized teams. via sustained critique of those fallacious suppositions, Embodied energy demanding situations valuable ideals in regards to the nature of strength, the scope of country motion, and the perform of liberal democracy and identifies substitute theoretical frameworks that make racialized-gendering seen and actionable. Key gains: Demonstrates how understandings of politics swap while the studies of fellows and ladies of various sessions, races, and ethnicities are put on the heart of study. Explains why race-neutral and gender-neutral rules fail to get rid of entrenched inequalities. exhibits how authorised tools in political technology (and the social sciences extra often) masks country practices that create and maintain racial and gender inequality. lines how fallacious notions of organic determinism have diverted consciousness from political methods of racialization, gendering, and sexualization. Argues that the intersecting different types of race, type, gender, and sexuality are necessary to all subfields of political technology if modern energy is to be studied systematically.

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Norms pertaining to classification, statistical regularities, methodological nationalism, methodological individualism, scientific rigor in relation to abstract universalism and white androcentrism continue to define the discipline in ways that mask embodied power. Disembodied politics is shored up by these conceptual practices of power, which do more than “neglect” the experiences of the majority population. They make state involvement in racialization and gendering invisible. The next section briefly explicates these conceptual practices of power; their persistence in political science is documented in Chapters 3, 4 and 5.

American Political Science Association 2011, 18–19, emphasis added) Even as it struggles to provide a lucid account of the dramatic failure to engage embodied power, the task force report replicates central problematics of the discipline. White citizens are positioned as “normal,” unspecified “others” as deviant outliers. ” Women constitute 52 percent of the world population; people of color comprise near 80 percent. On a global scale, it is white men, the unmarked norm, who deviate from the rest of the population.

Characterizing this emerging global racial competition as “the warfare of the cradle,” Roosevelt insisted that “no race has any chance to win a great place unless it consists of good breeders and good fighters” (1897, 293–294). imperialism as the key to ensuring the survival of the white nation: “The woman must be the housewife, the helpmeet, the homemaker, the wise and fearless mother of many healthy children … when men fear righteous war, when women fear motherhood, they tremble at the brink of doom” (1902, 2).

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