The Ethics of Cultural Studies

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A&C Black, May 1, 2005 - Philosophy - 176 pages
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Ethical questions feature prominently on today's cultural andpolitical agendas. The Ethics of Cultural Studies presents an ethicalmanifesto for Cultural Studies, an exploration of its current ethicaland political concerns, and of its future challenges.The book is concerned with ethics in the material world, and drawson examples as diverse as cloning and genetics, asylum andimmigration, experiments in plastic surgery and in electronic anddigital art, memories of the Holocaust, September 11th, and mediarepresentations of violence and crime.The Ethics of Cultural Studies is a groundbreaking intervention thatsets the debate on ethics in cultural study, and offers an invaluablesource of ideas for students of contemporary culture.
  

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Contents

A Users Guide to Culture Ethics and Politics
1
Description v normativity
3
Performativity
5
Deconstruction
6
Identity
9
Levinass ethics
11
Ethics and responsibility
14
Power struggle
15
Good and bad violence
74
Another ethics of the sublime
76
Responsibility and the gift of death
79
Ethics and the Body
83
The universal acts and the biopolitics of immigration
84
Performativity of the public sphere
85
On the states threhshold
89
The politics of blindness
91

Decision
16
Articulation
19
Antagonism in the plural
20
Ethics before politics
21
Ethics and Cultural Studies
26
Cultural studies and ethics
28
The cultural studies of difference
31
What is cultural studies?
35
Cultural studies as a promise
38
Ethics and Moral Panics
41
Cultural studies and moral panics
43
Beware the folk devils
45
Cultural studies ethical blind spot
48
Policing the racial crisis
49
Cultural studies before the law
51
Hegemony and ethical strategy
54
Permanent vigilance
59
A postscript
61
Ethics Violence and the Media
63
The sublime
66
The secular sacred
68
Mastering the sublime
70
Whose trauma is it anyway?
72
An ethics of bodies that matter
94
Ethics and National Identity
103
Theyre all antiSemitic there
104
Unveiling the truth
107
Is there such a thing as collective responsibility?
110
National memory and national forgetting
113
Narcissim alterity and national identity
116
Ethics and Technology
122
Welcoming the alien
124
Ethical confusion and good scandal
126
I is an other
127
The information is the prosthesis
131
A species for which we do not yet have a name
135
BioEthics and Cyberfeminism
138
Softening the cyborg
139
Bioethics between corporal and corporate obligations
141
Do soft cyborgs have bodies?
143
Mice experiments
150
A modest proposal for feminist cyberbioethics
155
Bibliography
159
Index
171
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Joanna Zylinska is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the author of The Cyborg Experiments (Continuum, 2002).

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