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In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the “orientation” aspect of “sexual orientation” and the “orient” in “orientalism,” Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time. Bodies take shape as they move through the world directing themselves toward or away from objects and others. 

Being “orientated” means feeling at home, knowing where one stands, or having certain objects within reach. Orientations affect what is proximate to the body or what can be reached. A queer phenomenology, Ahmed contends, reveals how social relations are arranged spatially, how queerness disrupts and reorders these relations by not following the accepted paths, and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach, those that might, at first glance, seem awry.

Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself. Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appear - and those that do not - as signs of orientation in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserl’s Ideas. In developing a queer model of orientations, she combines readings of phenomenological texts - by Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Fanon - with insights drawn from queer studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. Queer Phenomenology points queer theory in bold new directions.

©2006 Sara Ahmed (P)2020 Sara LLC

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  • A.m.Biguous
  • 26-02-2021

ROBOT VOICE. ROBOT VOICE. ROBOT VOICE.

I love Sarah Ahmed.
I love her ideas and the rhythms of her thoughts in the text.
The narrator of this work, however, butchers it. Valliere reads like a robot and perhaps (although, I am not sure) does not understand the ideas she is reading for the audience. The cadence of her voice is disruptive to understanding the writing and how it flows together - which is such a disappointment, as so much of this work is about WRITING and the ways in which our ideas are shaped by orientation, positionality, consciousness and so on. I found it extremely difficult to simply listen to this recording - I had to buy the Kindle version to follow along so that I could see the words as Valliere was reading them. I found myself getting frustrated with her mispronunciations of authors/scholars ("Halberstram" - referring to J. Halberstam) names and the breaks in the reading of the words on the page...so much so that I could only take so much of listening before I had to pause the recording and just pick up the device to read for myself. I recommend the BOOK, but not the audio version...
I would much rather hear someone who understands the concepts they are reading (or at least who reads as if they understand the concepts/ideas) narrate this, than someone who is reading as if she is talking to kindergartners about complex queer theory. I appreciate that Valliere is careful, but I find her reading of this work distracting and irritating - I do not recommend the audio version of this text.

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  • Shepherd Manyika
  • 10-05-2021

Should be read in all institutions

An amazing listen, this book should be part of the creative sectors reading and discussions it is so on point. A very important book which is speaking to the now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-2021

Great book terrible narration

This is such a brilliant book but the narration is terrible. I looked up if Anne Valliere is the latest in computer narration. I'm convinced she is .

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  • Sylvester Jønsson
  • 24-12-2020

When the narrator ruins the book

The contents of the book is interesting and very relevant but oh my God did the narrator kill it completely... Play somewhere between orgasm and sneeze with a touch of boredom that is how this book is narrated and it’s truly a shame. Complicated stuff you need an exciting voice to convey it

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