Willful Subjects

  • Title: Willful Subjects
  • Author: Sara Ahmed
  • ISBN: 9780822357834
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • Willful Subjects In Willful Subjects Sara Ahmed explores willfulness as a charge often made by some against others One history of will is a history of attempts to eliminate willfulness from the will Delving into philo
    In Willful Subjects Sara Ahmed explores willfulness as a charge often made by some against others One history of will is a history of attempts to eliminate willfulness from the will Delving into philosophical and literary texts, Ahmed examines the relation between will and willfulness, ill will and good will, and the particular will and general will Her reflections shedIn Willful Subjects Sara Ahmed explores willfulness as a charge often made by some against others One history of will is a history of attempts to eliminate willfulness from the will Delving into philosophical and literary texts, Ahmed examines the relation between will and willfulness, ill will and good will, and the particular will and general will Her reflections shed light on how will is embedded in a political and cultural landscape, how it is embodied, and how will and willfulness are socially mediated Attentive to the wayward, the wandering, and the deviant, Ahmed considers how willfulness is taken up by those who have received its charge Grounded in feminist, queer, and antiracist politics, her sui generis analysis of the willful subject, the figure who wills wrongly or wills too much, suggests that willfulness might be required to recover from the attempt at its elimination.

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    About Sara Ahmed


    1. Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer, scholar, and activist Her research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds, as well as institutional cultures.


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    1. A brilliant, wide-ranging account of the history of the concept of "the will," described by the author as a work of not-philosophy. In her characteristic stylized, almost lyrical prose, Ahmed draws broadly from philosophy, literature, film, and personal experience to craft a deeply inspiring feminist, queer, and anti-racist history of willfulness, the condition of getting in the way. Drawing from the work she began on her blog, Feminist Killjoys, Ahmed tracks the willful subject through three ke [...]

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    2. Disclaimer: I've read Ahmed's Cultural Politics of Emotion, found it superbly written and analytically illuminating. Absolutely shocked at the positive reviews here -- was expecting universal panning. Ahmed, a respected scholar with a wide array of contributions across disciplines, here employs an unbearably repetitive, didactic, and unilluminating prose. Five to six full pages will be spent communicating incredibly simple, even commonsensical, concepts, e.g. a part must be a part of a whole and [...]

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    3. "Willful Subjects is a rich, complex, wondrous archive of willfulness. The array of texts, voices, problems and approaches is both painstaking and playful, validating and challenging." — Heather Rakes xcphilosophy blog “Ahmed’s insights, as always, are both intellectually fertile and provocative; Willful Subjects will not disappoint.” — Margrit Shildrick Signs “In Willful Subjects, cultural theorist Sara Ahmed provides a history of willfulness. Her study reveals some significant and [...]

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    4. Willful Subjects doesn't take flight until the last third of the book, and when it does, it soars. The subject of "willfullness" as a feminist issue, has been a pressing matter for centuries. In this book, Sara Ahmed examines the philosophical construction of the "will" via Hegel, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Heidegger, and Kant. With the exception of Nietzsche's work, Ahmed is rightly critical of how these philosophers (and some phenomenologists) have shaped individuals who are "willful" as und [...]

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    5. Once again, Ahmed has used her writing and brought me into a warm embrace! Ahmed intends to be philosophical, but she isn’t straightforward philosophical. Instead she refers to it as NOT philosophy. Which creates room for those who are philosophical, but also those who are not.

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    6. I wanted to love this, but it really didn't move me. I would have been fine with a bullet point summary of the key ideas which - although very interesting - are described in such tedious and repetitive detail that I don't even think I want to see the word 'will' again.

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    7. "What we become to withstand can become something that hardens us from others, those who might be closest, who might too have to survive the weather. We can damage each other in how we survive being damaged" (190)Ahmed continues to be in equal measure dangerous, powerful, and essential.

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