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Bringing the State Up Conceptually: Forging a Body Politic through Anti-Gay Christian Refusal

Cooper, Davina (2015) Bringing the State Up Conceptually: Forging a Body Politic through Anti-Gay Christian Refusal. Feminist Theory, 16 (1). pp. 87-107. ISSN 1464-7001. E-ISSN 1741-2773. (doi:10.1177/1464700114562536) (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) (KAR id:44240)

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Abstract

If how the state is imagined shapes social and political action, the politics of state imagining provides an important site for progressive reflection. Arguing that conceptual approaches which support critique may not necessarily prove the best frameworks for supporting change, this article takes a left poststructuralist conception as its starting point to explore the place of conflicting interests, beliefs and affect in the make-up of the state and in shaping its enactment within civil society. Seeking to re-imagine state form in a way that enhances the state's relevance for progressive politics, the paper moves between (i) conservative Christian refusal to provide gay people with a service, as public sector staff and guesthouse owners; and (ii) feminist work in embodiment studies and on the intimate/impersonal, with its ways of thinking about, and imagining, a state that is oriented to encounters, dissonance, tension and change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1464700114562536
Uncontrolled keywords: Concepts, conservative Christianity, feminist theory, lesbian and gay equality, state
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 16:12 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 12:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44240 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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