Eric Stanley's work—up to and including Atmospheres of Violence—has focused on queer and trans lifeworlds that tarry with the effects and affects associated with living under siege, subject to myriad forms of policing, surveillance, lockdown, captivity, and isolation. Given a progressive political milieu that remains stubbornly focused on rights and inclusion, Stanley's sustained attention to structural violence and the material realities of immiseration is essential: a necessary counter that refuses to pretend that bodily autonomy and gender self-determination are extricable from the broader, saturating operations of racial capitalism. Their ongoing articulation of the necessity of abolitionist politics for the realization of trans and queer justice remains both timely and urgent. In the ongoing onslaught of transantagonism that takes the form of legislative attacks on trans people (especially trans youth), it is imperative that the abolitionist analysis Stanley articulates comes to the forefront of trans political theorizing and action. While...
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Book Review| June 01 2023
Abolitionist Techniques of Weathering
Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable. Eric A. Stanley.
Duke University Press,
2021. xiv +
GLQ (2023) 29 (3): 419–421.
Hil Malatino; Abolitionist Techniques of Weathering. GLQ 1 June 2023; 29 (3): 419–421. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-10437282
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