Space Invaders: Race, Gender and Bodies Out of Place

Pedwell, Carolyn (2007) Space Invaders: Race, Gender and Bodies Out of Place. Review of: Space Invaders: Race, Gender and Bodies Out of Place by Nirmal Puwar by Puwar, Nirmal. Body and Society, 13 (4). pp. 116-118. ISSN 1357-034X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1357034X070130040703) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In a context in which women and racialized minorities are increasingly entering spaces in the public realm traditionally occupied by white men, Space Invaders provides a compelling critique of discourses that continue to reduce diversity and equality to the inclusion of ‘different’ bodies. Author Nirmal Puwar argues that the tendency to equate the inclusion of these bodies with social transformation presumes problematically that ‘women’ and ‘ethnic minorities’ are homogenous groupings ‘that can generate a mimetic politics from their shared experiences’ (p. 149). This dominant rhetoric also fails to examine the wider institutional changes required to address the white, masculine ideal (masquerading as ‘universal’) which is now deeply embedded in the institutional practices of a host of professional and political spaces, from the art world, to academia, to parliament.

Item Type: Review
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Carolyn Pedwell
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2014 08:14 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 11:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42879 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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