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ISBN: 0822352540
Author: Mel Y. Chen
Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Books (July 10, 2012)
Pages: 312
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 473
Size Fb2: 1779 kb
Size ePub: 1965 kb
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In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered .

In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate. Throughout the book, Chen interweaves the topics and implications of society, race, biopolitics, sexuality, disability, and queer studies as it relates to linguistics, animacy, and animacy hierarchy. Chen utilizes an immense amount of examples through pictures, historical events, and theories to cover a large amount of material.

To read Mel Chen’s book Animacies is both a challenge and a pleasure, as Chen’s playful text invites readers into a surprising range of themes, methods, and ethical commitments. This breadth is apparent in Chen’s expansive notion of animacy, which refers to the field of relationships in which bodies (ranging from humans to monkeys, couches, metal particles, and words) encounter power structures that mediate between life and death. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives

In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives. Toward that end, Chen investigates the blurry division between the living and the dead, or that which is beyond the human or animal. Within the field of linguistics, animacy has been described variously as a quality of agency, awareness, mobility, sentience, or liveness.

I put off picking up Mel Y. Chen’s Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect for quite some . Chen’s Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect for quite some time. The paperback cover, featuring a close-up of a toad’s skin, is not welcoming, and the title similarly leaves one cold. If I had to categorize this book, I would say it is firstly queer theory, then postcolonial, then animal studies, then biopolitics, then cultural studies, with substantial forays into disability theory, Asian studies, and linguistic theory.

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Animacies offers an important analysis of the connections between racialisations and queerings in relation to health, technoscience, biopolitics, mattering and new materialism. The book includes a variety of useful examples, which are not possible to elaborate on here, concerning, for example, how understandings of disability are embedded in and produced by animal/human boundary-making and the racialised work done by animals in theoretical texts or political talk.

In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives. Toward that end, Chen investigates the blurry division between the living and the dead, or that which is beyond the human or animal. Within the field of linguistics, animacy has been described variously as a quality of agency, awareness, mobility, sentience, or liveness. Chen turns to cognitive linguistics to stress how language habitually differentiates the animate and the inanimate. Expanding this construct, Chen argues that animacy undergirds much that is pressing and indeed volatile in contemporary culture, from animal rights debates to biosecurity concerns.

Chen's book is the first to bring the concept of animacy together with queer of color scholarship, critical animal studies, and disability theory. Through analyses of dehumanizing insults, the meanings of queerness, animal protagonists in recent Asian/American art and film, the lead in toys panic in 2007, and the social lives of environmental illness, Animacies illuminates a hierarchical politics infused by race, sexuality, and ability. In this groundbreaking book, Chen rethinks the criteria governing agency and receptivity, health and toxicity, productivity and stillness—and demonstrates how attention to the affective charge of matter challenges commonsense orderings of the world.

Comments:

Avarm
It is not possible to explain the spectrum of creativeness that this masterpiece addresses in this short review. That being said, it was written with clarity in the intention of every sentence and every word. Mel is a word wizard. Although the reading can be slightly inaccessible, and privileges those in academia, this was a book written for academia and still has worlds to offer even if not everything is understood. The key points will come out by the end of the book. Mel offers incredibly valuable introspection on the intersections of disability theory, queerness, racial formation, and hierarchies in language, especially among living beings. Their creation of animacy theory is rooted in a multitude of cultures and histories, leaving readers able to relate to the text. Lastly, Mel maps intimacy in a world of soups of endocrine-disruptors--a science that still needs a field.
Alexandra
This is a fantastic academic exploration of the lines between human/animal and animate/inanimate. Although I do nt have a background in linguistics, I found it really interesting, though incredibly dense.

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