Containing (Un)American Bodies: Race, Sexuality, and by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo

By Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo

"The authors argue that queer, black, brown, and overseas our bodies, and the so-called threats they characterize, akin to immigration reform and same-sex marriage, were successfully associated with terrorism. those lousy conflations... are enduring and aid to provide an explanation for the contradictions of up to date U.S. politics. we're faraway from a post post-9/11 world." Ronald R. Sundstrom, affiliate Professor, division of Philosophy, The college of San Francisco, usa "If you must know how a brand new biopolitics of citizenship is containing our bodies of the kingdom by means of re-inscribing intercourse and race into it and the way this new biopolitics is being resisted you want to learn this book." Engin F. Isin, Professor, division of Politics and overseas stories, The Open collage, uk

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Domestic concerns tangled with international anxieties, with both sets of issues being cast as requiring strict containment. A number of paradoxes emerged from President Bush’s handling of 9/11. As Chernus notes, through the creation of the USA PATRIOT Act and the Department of Homeland Security, the enemy was constructed as “more dangerous, more evil, and closer at hand than any we have faced before” (2006, p. 137). “At the same time,” Chernus points out: the Act and the new department were heralded as key steps that would surely make the nation more secure.

According to Chomsky, historically, war has represented the most significant and direct means of controlling enemies abroad for the United States (2003a). The current war in Iraq is part of what he calls the United States’ Bodies that Resisted Containment 43 imperial grand strategy.

The more that the public believed and supported the President in matters of national security, the less likely they were to support same-sex marriages or civil unions. As in 2003, in 2004, United States public approval of same-sex marriages tracked with the President’s approval ratings in inverse fashion. A high approval rating for President Bush was inversely correlated with a low approval rating for same-sex marriage. In January 2004, when the President’s approval ratings were above 50 percent, support for same-sex marriages had reached a low point.

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