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Sensational FleshRace, Power, and Masochism$
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Amber Jamilla Musser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479891818

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479891818.001.0001

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Time, Race, and Biology

Time, Race, and Biology

Fanon, Freud, and the Labors of Race

(p.88) 4 Time, Race, and Biology
Sensational Flesh

Amber Jamilla Musser

NYU Press

This chapter presents the affective labor of subject formation to discuss Roderick Ferguson’s work Aberrations in Black. Ferguson describes the goals of a queer of color critique as “an epistemological intervention…[that] denotes an interest in materiality, but refuses ideologies of transparency and reflection, ideologies that have helped to constitute Marxism, revolutionary nationalism, and liberal pluralism.” Queer of color analyses the “manifold intersections that contradict the idea of the liberal nation-state and capital as sites of resolution, perfection, progress, and confirmation.” The remainder of the chapter examines how the racialized male body has been described as a historic plane of suffering.

Keywords:   affective labor, Aberrations in Black, Marxism, revolutionary nationalism, liberal pluralism

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