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  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release : 06 December 2016
  • ISBN : 9781452953045
  • Page : 264 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 1 voters

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The world is in a terrible mess. It is toxic, irradiated, and full of injustice. Aiming to stand aside from the mess can produce a seemingly satisfying self-righteousness in the scant moments we achieve it, but since it is ultimately impossible, individual purity will always disappoint. Might it be better to understand complexity and, indeed, our own complicity in much of what we think of as bad, as fundamental to our lives? Against Purity argues that the only answer—if we are to have any hope of tackling the past, present, and future of colonialism, disease, pollution, and climate change—is a resounding yes. Proposing a powerful new conception of social movements as custodians for the past and incubators for liberated futures, Against Purity undertakes an analysis that draws on theories of race, disability, gender, and animal ethics as a foundation for an innovative approach to the politics and ethics of responding to systemic problems. Being against purity means that there is no primordial state we can recover, no Eden we have desecrated, no pretoxic body we might uncover through enough chia seeds and kombucha. There is no preracial state we could access, no erasing histories of slavery, forced labor, colonialism, genocide, and their concomitant responsibilities and requirements. There is no food we can eat, clothes we can buy, or energy we can use without deepening our ties to complex webbings of suffering. So, what happens if we start from there? Alexis Shotwell shows the importance of critical memory practices to addressing the full implications of living on colonized land; how activism led to the official reclassification of AIDS; why we might worry about studying amphibians when we try to fight industrial contamination; and that we are all affected by nuclear reactor meltdowns. The slate has never been clean, she reminds us, and we can’t wipe off the surface to start fresh—there’s no fresh to start. But, Shotwell argues, hope found in a kind of distributed ethics, in collective activist work, and in speculative fiction writing for gender and disability liberation that opens new futures.

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Against Purity

Against Purity
  • Author : Alexis Shotwell
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release Date : 2016-12-06
  • ISBN : 9781452953045
DOWNLOAD BOOKAgainst Purity

The world is in a terrible mess. It is toxic, irradiated, and full of injustice. Aiming to stand aside from the mess can produce a seemingly satisfying self-righteousness in the scant moments we achieve it, but since it is ultimately impossible, individual purity will always disappoint. Might it be better to understand complexity and, indeed, our own complicity in much of what we think of as bad, as fundamental to our lives? Against Purity argues that the only answer—if

Against Purity

Against Purity
  • Author : Alexis Shotwell
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-12-21
  • ISBN : 0816698643
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The world is in a terrible mess. It is toxic, irradiated, and full of injustice. Aiming to stand aside from the mess can produce a seemingly satisfying self-righteousness in the scant moments we achieve it, but since it is ultimately impossible, individual purity will always disappoint. Might it be better to understand complexity and, indeed, our own complicity in much of what we think of as bad, as fundamental to our lives? Against Purity argues that the only answer--if we

Against Purity

Against Purity
  • Author : Irene Gedalof
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2005-08-02
  • ISBN : 9781134607426
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Against Purity confronts the difficulties that white Western feminism has in balancing issues of gender with other forms of difference, such as race, ethnicity and nation. This pioneering study places recent feminist theory from India in critical conversation with the work of key Western thinkers such as Butler, haraway and Irigaray and argues that, through such postcolonial encounters, contemporary feminist thought can begin to work 'against purity' in order to develop more complex models of power, identity and the self,

The Purity Myth

The Purity Myth
  • Author : Jessica Valenti
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2010-02
  • ISBN : 9781458766755
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The United States is obsessed with virginity - from the media to schools to government agencies. This panic is ensuring that young women's ability to be moral agents is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. Jessica Valenti, executive editor of Feministing.com and author of Full Frontal Feminism and Yes Means Yes, addresses this poignant issue in her latest book, The Purity Myth. Valenti argues that the country's intense focus on chastity is extremely damaging to young women. Through in depth

Guardians of Purity

Guardians of Purity
  • Author : Julie Hiramine
  • Publisher : Charisma Media
  • Release Date : 2012
  • ISBN : 9781616388553
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This world we live in is reaching into the hearts and minds of our children, shaping and molding them into a replica of its values, trends, and worldviews. Guardians of Purity gives you practical advice to help you stand against these destructive cultural influences

Talking Back to Purity Culture

Talking Back to Purity Culture
  • Author : Rachel Joy Welcher
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Release Date : 2020-11-10
  • ISBN : 9780830848171
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The generation born into evangelical purity culture has grown up, but many still struggle with its complicated legacy. Examining purity culture's teachings through the lens of Scripture, Rachel Joy Welcher charts a path forward in the ongoing debates about sexuality—one that rejects legalism and license alike, steering us back instead to the good news of Jesus.

Purity and Danger

Purity and Danger
  • Author : Professor Mary Douglas,Mary Douglas
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-06-17
  • ISBN : 9781136489273
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Purity and Danger is acknowledged as a modern masterpiece of anthropology. It is widely cited in non-anthropological works and gave rise to a body of application, rebuttal and development within anthropology. In 1995 the book was included among the Times Literary Supplement's hundred most influential non-fiction works since WWII. Incorporating the philosophy of religion and science and a generally holistic approach to classification, Douglas demonstrates the relevance of anthropological enquiries to an audience outside her immediate academic circle. She offers an

Clean of Heart

Clean of Heart
  • Author : Rosemarie Scott
  • Publisher : R.A.G.E. Media
  • Release Date : 2006
  • ISBN : 0977223450
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Clean of Heart is written for practicing Catholics who accept all the teachings of the Church, yet are still ensnared by pornography and self-abuse. There is hope! Through the Sacraments, God provides all the grace one needs to become pure. No matter how long one has indulged in pornography or how deep one has sunk into the mire of vice, Our Lord can still break the addiction! What makes Clean of Heart different? First, it is written from a Catholic

Fatal Purity

Fatal Purity
  • Author : Ruth Scurr
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2007-04-17
  • ISBN : 9781466805781
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A riveting biography of the French Revolution's most enigmatic figure that restores him to his pivotal historic place Since his execution by guillotine in July 1794, Maximilien Robespierre has been contested terrain for historians, at once the most notorious leader of the French Revolution and the least comprehensible. Was he a bloodthirsty charlatan or the only true defender of revolutionary ideals? Was his extreme moralism—he was known as "The Incorruptible"—a heroic virtue or a ruinous flaw? Was he the

Matters of Care

Matters of Care
  • Author : María Puig de la Bellacasa
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-21
  • ISBN : 9781452953472
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To care can feel good, or it can feel bad. It can do good, it can oppress. But what is care? A moral obligation? A burden? A joy? Is it only human? In Matters of Care, María Puig de la Bellacasa presents a powerful challenge to conventional notions of care, exploring its significance as an ethical and political obligation for thinking in the more than human worlds of technoscience and naturecultures. Matters of Care contests the view that care

Purity

Purity
  • Author : Jonathan Franzen
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2015-09-01
  • ISBN : 9780374710743
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Notable Book “So funny, so sage and above all so incandescently intelligent” (The Chicago Tribune), the New York Times bestseller Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder, a daring and penetrating book from “the most intelligent novelist of [his] generation” (The New Republic), Jonathan Franzen Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000

Knowing Otherwise

Knowing Otherwise
  • Author : Alexis Shotwell
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-10
  • ISBN : 9780271068053
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Prejudice is often not a conscious attitude: because of ingrained habits in relating to the world, one may act in prejudiced ways toward others without explicitly understanding the meaning of one’s actions. Similarly, one may know how to do certain things, like ride a bicycle, without being able to articulate in words what that knowledge is. These are examples of what Alexis Shotwell discusses in Knowing Otherwise as phenomena of “implicit understanding.” Presenting a systematic analysis of this concept,

Finally Free

Finally Free
  • Author : Heath Lambert
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • ISBN : 9780310499244
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Eight gospel-centered strategies for overcoming the lure of pornography and finally breaking free. This book is not about pornography. You won't find graphic depictions about the porn industry, the catastrophic effects it has on individuals and relationships, or how to think differently about porn. If you're reading this book, you probably have some understanding of those things already—the last thing you need is to be subjected to that kind of detail...again. Finally Free is about hope. It's about

I Kissed Dating Goodbye

I Kissed Dating Goodbye
  • Author : Joshua Harris
  • Publisher : Multnomah Pub
  • Release Date : 2003-04
  • ISBN : 9781590521359
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Dating. Isn't there a better way? Reorder your romantic life in the light of God's word and find more fulfillment than the dating game could ever give - a life of purposeful singleness.

Purity and Exile

Purity and Exile
  • Author : Liisa H. Malkki
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2012-12-14
  • ISBN : 9780226190969
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In this study of Hutu refugees from Burundi, driven into exile in Tanzania after their 1972 insurrection against the dominant Tutsi was brutally quashed, Liisa Malkki shows how experiences of dispossession and violence are remembered and turned into narratives, and how this process helps to construct identities such as "Hutu" and "Tutsi." Through extensive fieldwork in two refugee communities, Malkki finds that the refugees' current circumstances significantly influence these constructions. Those living in organized camps created an elaborate "mythico-history" of the