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'A smart, courageous, and at times unsettling indictment of LGBTQ complicity with xenophobic violence. If you care deeply about social justice, read this brilliant book.' (Julia Chinyere Oparah is Professor of Ethnic Studies at Mills College and co-editor of Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change)
'A brilliant analysis which shatters the singularity of the universal gay/trans subject to expose hir collusion in the production of the 'homophobic Muslim'. This highly engaging book is a must read for all concerned with issues of justice, demilitarisation and radical transformation in global politics.' (Sunera Thobani, Associate Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia)
'This exciting book by one of the most brilliant emerging scholars today brings a novel approach to 'queer gentrification' and a host of new concepts pertaining to space, queer and trans subjects of colour, race, sexuality and violence.' (Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at University of California, Berkeley)
'An original and highly impactful contribution to critical race and ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies and urban studies. The quality of the research is impeccable, and the reach of the book’s pedagogical and intellectual contributions demonstrate the best potentials of critical interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship.' (Dylan Rodríguez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Riverside)
'Seamlessly synthesises the relationships between Islamaphobia, racism within Europe and the United States, and how the global war on terror serves to reinforce the politics of homonationalism. Brilliant and fierce, a must-read for all those interesting in imagining new liberatory politics.' (Andrea Smith, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Media & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.)
Queer Lovers and Hateful Others is a crucial text that does so much work that queer theory desperately needs. Taking urban spaces in Berlin as a primary site, Haritaworn shows how the production of respectable queers emerges against supposedly degenerate non-white others. They further show how there is so much to be learned about power, nation, race and sexual and gender identity by decentering the US empire, and how so many of the answers we need to dismantle oppressive structures and find self determination can be found at the queer of colour kitchen table. At a time when Western countries are celebrating or pushing toward the inclusion of queer lovers through normative formations like gay marriage and hate crime protections, Haritaworn reminds us of the colonial processes of security and gentrification that often accompany the ascendancy to respectability. Haritaworn also reminds us that the other actor in this drama, the hateful other, constitutes the outside to this new inclusive community. Not only does the queer lover need protection from the hateful other (now figured as Muslim), but the latter is the newest folk devil whose refusals to empathise and integrate justify expansion of the prison industrial complex and implementation of stricter borders around national belonging. Building on previous writing, Queer Lovers and Hateful Others represents the most cutting edge and sophisticated work in queer theory today. Packed full of useful and accessible concepts and drawing from seeming disparate bodies thought ranging from mad/disability studies to environmental justice writing, from feminist theory to postcolonial theory, this book is intersectional scholarship at its finest. Haritaworn dismantles binaries between academic and activist theorizing, and builds connections between phenomena that most of us could not possibly imagine. This book is a landmark. If you call yourself a queer theorist, and you’re not reading Haritaworn, your work will be sorely, sorely lacking. (Karma R. Chávez is author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and member of the collective, Against Equality)
Queer Lovers and Hateful Others constitutes a sophisticated masterpiece of decolonial queer/transgender theory. Taking as its point of departure the experiences of queer/transgender of colour, the author analyses the complex time/space/intimate racial and class dimensions of the colonial project of Queer Regeneration in neoliberal urban spaces. The author uses a wide range of fields of scholarship such as Transnational Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Queer Studies as well as Race and Transgender Studies without falling into a reductionist identity politics by contextualising the urban processes within the context of the global political-economy of our times. The author examines queer spatial formations in the neo-liberal city in relation to questions of spatial racialisation and gentrification showing the profound racial splits between White queers and queers of colour. The book keeps a comparative perspective among global cities of the North. Dr. Haritaworn’s book is an important antidote to discourses about queer spaces that evade race and class. The author criticises the celebratory and uncritical view of the White left with regard to Gay imperialim and its complicities with the neoliberal city. It is a must to read for anyone interested in decolonial perspectives and postcolonial horizons." (Ramón Grosfoguel, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies Department, University of California, Berkley)
Queer Lovers and Hateful Others is a trenchant and unrelenting critical gaze at the tensions between a nascent people of colour consciousness and the swirling turbulence of homophobia and xenophobia in 21st Century Germany. Haritaworn offers the promise and perils of encounters between activist practices, quotidian aspiration, legal statutes, and other forces that animate and bring to life alternative ways of inhabiting marginalised spaces and times. More than just a sensitive portrait of lives, sites, and energies, this book is an incitement to think queerly, to dream otherwise. (Martin F. Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies)
In an exemplary intersectional cultural analysis, Haritaworn explores racial and sexual formations in contemporary and historical Berlin. Based on interviews with Queers and Trans of Color, Queer Lovers and Hateful Others is a timely intervention in many current debates, from the privileging of the memory of the Holocaust as the main architecture of German racism, via the genealogy of the ‘homophobic Muslim’, to the loss of the memory of slavery and colonialism in white (gay) citizens, the author accomplishes an impressive, in-depth portrait of German homonationalism. A must–read!! (Gloria Wekker is emeritus professor in Gender and Ethnicity at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and author of The Politics of Passion (2006) and White Innocence (forthcoming 2016, Duke University Press).)
Haritaworn shifts critical debates about rights, recognition, diversity, coalition, homonationalism, necropolitics, migration policies, and citizenship in important new directions. (Eithne Luibheid, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona)
Berlin is once more capital of queer arts and tourism. Queerness is more visible today than it has been for decades, but at what cost? In Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, Jin Haritaworn argues that queer subjects have become a lovely sight only through being cast in the shadow of the new folk devil, the ‘homophobic migrant’ who is rendered by society as hateful, homophobic and disposable.
At the centre of this book is the concept of ‘queer regeneration’. Haritaworn sees the queer lover as a transitional object which allows the present-day neoliberal regime to make punishment and neglect appear as signs of care and love for diversity. Alongside this shift, in the wake of older moral panics over crime, violence, patriarchy, integration and segregation, the new Other, or the homophobic migrant appears. To understand this transition, Queer Lovers and Hateful Others looks at the environments in which queer bodies have become worthy of protection, and the everyday erasures that shape life in the inner city, and how queer activists actively seek out and dispel the myths of sites of nostalgia for the ‘invented traditions’ of women-and-gay-friendliness.
Haritaworn guides the reader through a rich archive of media, arts, policy and activism, including posters, newspaper reports, hate crime action plans, urban projects, psychological studies, demonstrations, kiss-ins, political speeches and films. In the process, queer lovers, drag kings, criminalised youth, homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism, and other figures of degeneracy and regeneration appear on a shared plane, where new ways of sharing space become imaginable.
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