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Private Affairs : Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations - Phillip Brian Harper

Private Affairs

Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations

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In Private Affairs, Phillip Brian Harper explores the social and cultural significance of the private, proposing that, far from a universal right, privacy is limited by one's racial-and sexual-minority status. Ranging across cinema, literature, sculpture, and lived encounters-from Rodin's "The Kiss "to Jenny Livingston's "Paris is Burning"-Private Affairs demonstrates how the very concept of privacy creates personal and sociopolitical hierarchies in contemporary America.

"Full of valuable new insights, Private Affairs is a necessary addition to contemporary debates about citizenship and identity. Harper challenges our tendency to see racial identity as public and sexuality as private. Instead he argues that in both cases the public demands of civic duty collide with private knowledges, and that each is necessary to realize the other."

-Cindy Patton, author of Inventing AIDS

Prefacep. ix
Private Affairs: Race, Sex, Property, and Personsp. 1
"The Subversive Edge": Paris Is Burning, Social Critique, and the Limits of Subjective Agencyp. 33
Playing in the Dark: Privacy, Public Sex, and the Erotics of the Cinema Venuep. 60
Gay Male Identities, Personal Privacy, and Relations of Public Exchange: Notes on Directions for Queer Critiquep. 89
"Take Me Home": Location, Identity, Transnational Exchangep. 125
Afterwordp. 155
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 169
About the Authorp. 189
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ISBN: 9780814735947
ISBN-10: 0814735940
Series: Sexual Cultures (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 189
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 14.02  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.27