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Pedagogies of Crossing


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A collection of essays by Alexander addressing the implications of transnational thinking for our understanding of gender, sex, sexuality, and race

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Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Part I: Transnational Erotics: State, Capital, and the Decolonization of Desire
1. Erotic Autonomy as a Politics of Decolonization: Feminism, Tourism, and the State in the Bahamas 21
2. Imperial Desire/Sexual Utopias: White Gay Capital and Transnational Tourism 66
Part II: Maps of Empire, Old and New
3. Whose New World Order? Teaching for Justice 91
4. Anatomy of a Mobilization 117
5. Transnationalism, Sexuality, and the State: Modernity's Traditions at the Height of Empire 181
Part III. Dangerous Memory: Secular Acts, Sacred Possession
6. Remembering This Bridge Called My Back, Remembering Ourselves 725
7. Pedagogies of the Sacred: Making the Invisible Tangible 287
Notes 333
Bibliography 373
Index 395

About the Author

M. Jacqui Alexander is Professor of Women's Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a coeditor of Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World and Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures.


In Pedagogies of Crossing, M. Jacqui Alexander ventures an archaeology of the heart to cross over to the 'other side' of knowing, returning the sacred to the classroom. Here the 'altar of the secular gods of postmodernity' is finally dismantled and we are urged the freedom to think before and beyond them. I am indebted to this sister-scholar-in-arms. Cherrie Moraga, coeditor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color Pedagogies of Crossing is a tour de force. M. Jacqui Alexander addresses the conditions that make multiculturalism possible and powerfully shows us that those conditions are ultimately ethical and spiritual. Beautifully written and deeply moving, this book shows us how we need an ethic of translation if we are to be able to engage in classroom teaching so that both students and teachers can grapple with the politics of our complex, globalized world. Pedagogies of Crossing is a must read for anyone in women studies, anthropology, political science, English, comparative literature, or sociology. Drucilla Cornell, author of Defending Ideals: War, Democracy, and Political Struggles "I am blown away by its radical critique of empire and hegemony, but also its feminist commitments - all done in wonderfully lucid language." Laleh Khalili, Times Higher Education, 16th July 2009 "In deft prose, the author addresses a poetical cacophony of topics... [A] take-no prisoners assault on interconnected systems of power and gender hierarchy... [O]ffers spiritual solutions to international dilemmas. [Alexander] illustrates a fluid facility with language, subject, and genre." Tara Lake, "Girlfriends"

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