Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 265 pages
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In this text, Rosemary Hennessy develops an understanding of sexual identities as they are linked to lived material realities, capitalism in particular. She points out that sexual identities have always been linked to gender, race, and nationality but these identities themselves are inevitably linked to the structures of capitalism. Hennessy argues that as our world, and the United States in particular, changes, becoming more transnational and global in scope, sexual identities are also changing with it. From this exploration, she further examines the ways that these new identities have led to new forms of commodification of identity as well as the role of sexuality in achieving collective agency for social transformation.

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very theoretical analysis on identity politics and how it fits in imperialism, the limits of staying within the confines of identity politics only from a marxist feminist perspective. Always connecting class in the identity realm. Read full review

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ok it's a bit of a slog from 'the academy'-- but i get so bored with queer self focus and analysis that is divorced from economics Read full review


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The Material of Sex
Cultural Study Commodity Logic
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Rosemary Hennessy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse (Routledge, 1993) and the co-editor of Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women's Lives (Routledge, 1997).

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