Tag Archives: Biopower

Book Review: Testo Junkie (Beatriz Preciado)

I have a book review of Beatriz Preciado’s Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era in the next issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Here is a digital version to peruse–be sure to read the whole issue … Continue reading

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TSQ 1.3, Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly continues its exciting project of creating a home for transgender studies with its second issue, Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary, edited by Aren Z. Aizura, Trystan Cotten, Carsten Balzer/Carla LaGata, Marcia Ochoa, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. I am so pleased to … Continue reading

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Human Capital, Organic Capital, and the (Labor) Economy of Human Beings as a Race

We are accustomed to thinking of the concept of “human capital” as a product of the conditions of neoliberal labor, or the reinvestment of the economic thinking of neoliberal economists by the state and private sector since the 1970s. As I … Continue reading

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The Value of the Future III: Foucault and the Child as Human Capital

In The Birth of Biopolitics Foucault turns to the child and childhood as his exemplar in diagramming the specific features of American neoliberalism.  What distinguishes American neoliberalism, according to Foucault, is its theory of human capital, a theory which permits “the … Continue reading

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The Value of the Future (II): Materialism and the Child in Queer Theory

Is queer theory undergoing a materialist turn? For a field born in many ways out of literary studies, textual deconstruction, and epistemological interrogation, questions of materialism, labor and capital accumulation have understandably had a difficult time getting sustained attention. So … Continue reading

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Accelerating Childhood and the Value of the Future™

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. But a wonderful thing to invest in. This slogan greeted me the other day on a bus stop in Manhattan. “Better Futures™” is a simulated stock option that capitalizes quite literally on … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Beatriz Preciado, Testo Junkie

Beatriz Preciado, Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era, trans. by Bruce Benderson (New York: Feminist Press, 2013). I eagerly awaited the English translation of Beatriz Preciado’s intoxicating volume that blends high-theory biopolitical diagrammatics with a piercing bio-technical-auto-fiction … Continue reading

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Haunting the Queer Spaces of AIDS: GLQ 19, 3

I have an essay in the newest issue of GLQ, the abstract of which follows: Haunting the Queer Spaces of AIDS: Remembering ACT UP/New York and an Ethics for an Endemic This essay considers the mutation of the temporality of HIV/AIDS in … Continue reading

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What are Little Kids Made of, in Theory?

Over the past six weeks of this serial essay I have taken up what I consider to be some of the most important conceptual frameworks through which to think the generation of children, particularly in relation to their adult others.  … Continue reading

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Masturbation and Pedagogization: Foucault’s Genealogy of Child Sexuality

I hope the suggestion of yet another pronouncement on Foucault’s History of Sexuality isn’t too allergic of a notion to you, reader (but don’t worry: I’m not limiting myself to that text in isolation anyways).  I think this post makes … Continue reading

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