Revisiting bodies and pleasures

Authors
Citation
J. Butler, Revisiting bodies and pleasures, THEOR CUL S, 16(2), 1999, pp. 11
Citations number
3
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
THEORY CULTURE & SOCIETY
ISSN journal
0263-2764 → ACNP
Volume
16
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Database
ISI
SICI code
0263-2764(199904)16:2<11:RBAP>2.0.ZU;2-W
Abstract
Foucault proposes at the end of the first volume of The History of Sexualit y to shift the focus of sexual studies from sex-desire to bodies and pleasu res. This article seeks to establish what he means by this shift, how he pr oposes it be made, and what the consequences are for thinking about sexuali ty together with 'sex'. Foucault's shift involves a historiographical claim about the superability of the recent past, and can be read as an effort to relegate the concerns about sexual difference and kinship to the past, and to establish a contemporary field for sexuality that involves bodies witho ut history, pleasures without sex. The article suggests a way around this q uestionable historiographical assumption and marks a different departure fo r a Foucauldian study of sexuality. IL also seeks to highlight some of the contemporary tensions between feminist and lesbian and gay studies, especia lly queer studies, in light of this reading of Foucault.