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When Terrorist Assemblages was published back inthe world hhomonationalism different. Rather than a mere instrumentalization, or tactical exploitation of the theme of gay rights by nationalism, Puar thus highlighted the active involvement—and responsibilities—of the queer movements themselves that supported wittingly or unwittingly this new racist configuration.
All across the western world, prominent gay intellectuals, politicians, and artists are now supporting and allying with the most conservative and reactionary fringes of political life in the name of gay rights against Muslims and racialized minorities.
Her achievement was to articulate clearly the changes affecting queer politics throughout the s and s, the years in which queer subjects became slowly assimilated into the nationalist project centered around the family and the army. As Puar acutely noted, gays were no longer symbols of death as in the s and early s jasbi the AIDS crisis but of life and even reproduction. Demands for same-sex marriage and adoption were met in many countries.
While these shifts have meant that gay people could now identify with the nation, racialized minorities have been increasingly denied the possibility of doing so, placed as they are as non-nationals par excellence.
I have always been intrigued by how Puar tries to make sense of homonationalism as a symptom of more general realignments involving the state and capitalism in particular.
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Muslim countries as their enemies. I pay particular attention to the economic logic underpinning such a convergence.
The risk I saw was to treat such attitudes, or rescue narratives, as pure hypocrisy, or puat, as somehow dictated by genuine, albeit distorted, concern for the fate of these women. Nationalists and neoliberals are willing to tolerate and claim to be concerned for these women because they are extremely useful for the care economy. They are, in other words, socially reproductive.
When Puar identifies the political economic logic of homonationalism in the neoliberal reconfiguration of hpmonationalism spaces as consumption niches something we find also in the work of Sirma BilgeI believe she is highlighting something profoundly important about the economic conditions of possibility for homonationalism.
However, I also believe these terms may not go far enough. Is the possibility for gays and lesbians to become political leaders of homophobic, racist parties also linked to shifts in the imageries homonationakism masculinity and femininity brought about by the collapse of Fordism?
If Taylorism and Fordism promoted a strong image of masculinity associated with the industrial worker, what has neoliberalism done to gender roles and stereotypes within homonationaism post-industrial landscapes? And how might these shape, in turn, the sexual imaginaries of global neoliberalism? These are questions that, in my view, continue to invest homonationalism.
Farris is a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London. Her publications include Max Weber’s Theory of Personality: The Rise of Femonationalism Farris October 25, Tags queer studiesJasbir PuarhomonationalismfemonationalismIslamophobia. Indeed, one simply has to turn on the news to see tens of thousands of Palestinians r Performing Transgender Rage” Rage. Sometime later, after queer theory had been declared dead, resurrected, dismembered and sutured together again several times,