Methodology of the Oppressed

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U of Minnesota Press, Nov 30, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 264 pages
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In a work with far-reaching implications, Chela Sandoval does no less than revise the genealogy of theory over the past thirty years, inserting what she terms "U.S. Third World feminism" into the narrative in a way that thoroughly alters our perspective on contemporary culture and subjectivity.

What Sandoval has identified is a language, a rhetoric of resistance to postmodern cultural conditions. U.S. liberation movements of the post-World War II era generated specific modes of oppositional consciousness. Out of these emerged a new activity of consciousness and language Sandoval calls the "methodology of the oppressed." This methodology—born of the strains of the cultural and identity struggles that currently mark global exchange—holds out the possibility of a new historical moment, a new citizen-subject, and a new form of alliance consciousness and politics.

Utilizing semiotics and U.S. Third World feminist criticism, Sandoval demonstrates how this methodology mobilizes love as a category of critical analysis. Rendering this approach in all its specifics, Methodology of the Oppressed gives rise to an alternative mode of criticism opening new perspectives on any theoretical, literary, aesthetic, social movement, or psychic expression.


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This book is brilliant! When i read it, it felt like poetry to me. Her style of writing is impeccable. Sandoval's theories are timeless and only seek to expand philosophies on liberation to give voice to queers, women, women of color and marginalized peoples.


PART I Foundations in Neocolonial Postmodernism
PART II The Theory and Method of Oppositional Consciousness in the Postmodern World
Semiotics Deconstruction MetaIdeologizing Democratics and Differential Movement II
Differential Consciousness III
Differential Manifesto TransLanguages and Global Oppositional Politics

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Chela Sandoval is associate professor of critical and cultural theory and Chicano studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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