9780816637966-0816637962-Against the Romance of Community

Against the Romance of Community

ISBN-13: 9780816637966
ISBN-10: 0816637962
Edition: First edition
Author: Joseph, Miranda
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Format: Paperback 272 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780816637966
ISBN-10: 0816637962
Edition: First edition
Author: Joseph, Miranda
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Format: Paperback 272 pages

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Acknowledged authors Joseph, Miranda wrote Against the Romance of Community comprising 272 pages back in 2002. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0816637962 and 9780816637966. Since then Against the Romance of Community textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Community is almost always invoked as an unequivocal good, an indicator of a high quality of life, caring, selflessness, belonging. Into this common portrayal, Against the Romance of Community introduces an uncommon note of caution, a penetrating, sorely needed sense of what, precisely, we are doing when we call upon this ideal.

Miranda Joseph explores sites where the ideal of community relentlessly recurs, from debates over art and culture in the popular media, to the discourses and practices of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, to contemporary narratives of economic transformation or "globalization." She shows how community legitimates the social hierarchies of gender, race, nation, and sexuality that capitalism implicitly requires.

Joseph argues that social formations, including community, are constituted through the performativity of production. This strategy makes it possible to understand connections between identities and communities that would otherwise seem to be disconnected: gay consumers in the U.S. and Mexican maquiladora workers; Christian right "family values" and Asian "crony capitalism." Exposing the complicity of social practices, identities, and communities with capitalism, this truly constructive critique opens the possibility of genuine alliances across such differences.

Miranda Joseph is associate professor of women's studies at the University of Arizona.

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