Ugly Freedoms (Paperback)

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Ugly Freedoms (Paperback)

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In Ugly Freedoms Elisabeth R. Anker reckons with the complex legacy of freedom offered by liberal American democracy, outlining how the emphasis of individual liberty has always been entangled with white supremacy, settler colonialism, climate destruction, economic exploitation, and patriarchy. These "ugly freedoms" legitimate the right to exploit and subjugate others. At the same time, Anker locates an unexpected second type of ugly freedom in practices and situations often dismissed as demeaning, offensive, gross, and ineffectual but that provide sources of emancipatory potential. She analyzes both types of ugly freedom at work in a number of texts and locations, from political theory, art, and film to food, toxic dumps, and multispecies interactions. Whether examining how Kara Walker's sugar sculpture A Subtlety, Or the Marvelous Sugar Baby reveals the importance of sugar plantations to liberal thought or how the impoverished neighborhoods in The Wire blunt neoliberalism's violence, Anker shifts our perspective of freedom by contesting its idealized expressions and expanding the visions for what freedom can look like, who can exercise it, and how to build a world free from domination.
Elisabeth R. Anker is Associate Professor of American Studies and Political Science at George Washington University and author of Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom, also published by Duke University Press.

Product Details ISBN: 9781478017783
ISBN-10: 1478017783
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: January 17th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English