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By Mary Hawkesworth

Embodied strength explores dimensions of politics seldom addressed in political technology, illuminating kingdom practices that produce hierarchically-organized teams via racialized gendering—despite promises of formal equality. tough disembodied money owed of citizenship, the publication lines how glossy technology and legislation produce race, gender, and sexuality as purportedly normal features, protecting their political genesis. Taking the U.S. as a case research, Hawkesworth demonstrates how diversified legislation and regulations referring to civil and political rights, schooling, housing, and welfare, immigration and securitization, policing and felony justice create finely honed hierarchies of distinction that constitution the existence clients of fellows and girls of specific races and ethnicities inside and throughout borders. as well as documenting the continued operation of embodied energy throughout diversified coverage terrains, the publication investigates advanced methods of considering the fact that render raced-gendered family of domination and subordination invisible. From universal assumptions approximately individualism and colorblind belief to disciplinary norms similar to methodological individualism, methodological nationalism, and summary universalism, difficult presuppositions maintain fallacious notions pertaining to formal equality and criminal neutrality that permit nation practices of racialized gendering to flee detection with profound results for the lifestyles customers of privileged and marginalized teams. via sustained critique of those incorrect suppositions, Embodied energy demanding situations principal ideals in regards to the nature of strength, the scope of country motion, and the perform of liberal democracy and identifies replacement theoretical frameworks that make racialized-gendering obvious and actionable. Key positive factors: Demonstrates how understandings of politics switch while the stories of guys and ladies of various periods, races, and ethnicities are positioned on the heart of study. Explains why race-neutral and gender-neutral guidelines fail to cast off entrenched inequalities. indicates how authorized tools in political technology (and the social sciences extra quite often) masks nation practices that create and maintain racial and gender inequality. lines how incorrect notions of organic determinism have diverted cognizance from political methods of racialization, gendering, and sexualization. Argues that the intersecting different types of race, classification, gender, and sexuality are necessary to all subfields of political technology if modern energy is to be studied systematically.

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Borrowing language from Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Burgess conceptualized the modern state as the progressive realization of human reason through history. And he defined political science as the science of the state. As a sovereign entity, a fundamental responsibility of the modern nation state was to secure its physical boundaries and preserve homogeneity within its borders. Toward that end, Burgess stipulated that a nation-state could “righteously deport the ethnically hostile element in order to shield the vitals of the state from the forces of dissolution and in order to create room for a population in sufficient numbers, in loyalty and capacity to administer the Empire and protect it against foreign powers” (42–3).

S. political institutions and on the character of white men. Among the destructive consequences of Black enfranchisement, Bryce counted electoral corruption and a “deterioration of national character” resulting from widespread violence. White men’s recourse to violence generated a spirit of lawlessness “which tells for evil on every branch of government and public life” (507). In blaming African Americans for having exercised the rights of citizenship secured by the Civil War Amendments and attributing responsibility to them for unlawful action by white men to restore white supremacy, Bryce established an explanatory trope that became the received view in political science, echoed by eminent scholars such as John W.

Although the discipline of political science has moved beyond the explicit racism of these early works, it continues to rely on an analytical framework that signifies and condenses the world by encoding objects, situations, events, experiences, and sequences of action within systems of thought envisioned and accredited by these early works. Norms pertaining to classification, statistical regularities, methodological nationalism, methodological individualism, scientific rigor in relation to abstract universalism and white androcentrism continue to define the discipline in ways that mask embodied power.

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