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The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability - ANIMA: Critical Race Studies Otherwise (Paperback)
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The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability - ANIMA: Critical Race Studies Otherwise (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 03/11/2017
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In The Right to Maim Jasbir K. Puar brings her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our understanding of disability. Drawing on a stunning array of theoretical and methodological frameworks, Puar uses the concept of "debility"-bodily injury and social exclusion brought on by economic and political factors-to disrupt the category of disability. She shows how debility, disability, and capacity together constitute an assemblage that states use to control populations. Puar's analysis culminates in an interrogation of Israel's policies toward Palestine, in which she outlines how Israel brings Palestinians into biopolitical being by designating them available for injury. Supplementing its right to kill with what Puar calls the right to maim, the Israeli state relies on liberal frameworks of disability to obscure and enable the mass debilitation of Palestinian bodies. Tracing disability's interaction with debility and capacity, Puar offers a brilliant rethinking of Foucauldian biopolitics while showing how disability functions at the intersection of imperialism and racialized capital.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822369189
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Puar's book-length intervention in Disability/Queer Studies could not have come at a better time, and is a great example of scholarship that poses difficult, necessary questions for the future of Disability Studies." -- Anna Hamilton * Global Comment *
"The Right to Maim proves a passionate and thought-provoking critique of the ways in which the state inscribes its power and social control upon the body. . . . An extraordinarily courageous and timely contribution to a radical struggle for global justice." -- Sarah Rogers * Al Jadid *
"Jasbir Puar's work in The Right to Maim is crucial to understanding not only that the nature of settler colonialism is genocidal but also how that genocidal nature operates." -- Fred Moten * Social Text *
"Building on the analytics she advanced in Terrorist Assemblages, Jasbir Puar brings her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our understanding of disability." -- J. Kehaulani Kauanui * Social Text *

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