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D in political philosophy from Princeton University. Power and Freedom in Late Modernity [ edit ] In this work Brown asks how a sense of woundedness can become the basis for individual and collective forms of identity.
From outlawing hate speech to banning pornography, Brown argues, well-intentioned attempts at protection can legitimize the state while harming subjects by codifying their identities as helpless or in need of continuous governmental regulation.
The book offers a novel account of legal and political power as constitutive of norms of sexuality and gender. Through the concept of "wounded attachments", Brown contends that psychic injury may accompany and sustain racial, ethnic, and gender categories, particularly in relation to state law and discursive formations.
In this and other works Brown has criticized representatives of second wave feminism, such as Catharine MacKinnonfor reinscribing the category of "woman" as an essentialized identity premised on injury.
Throughout her thematically overlapping chapters, Brown asks: Drawing on a range of thinkers, such as FreudMarxNietzscheSpinozaBenjamin and DerridaBrown rethinks the disorientation and possibility inherent to contemporary democracy.
Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics [ edit ] This work consists of seven articles responding to particular occasions, each of which "mimic, in certain ways, the experience of the political realm: According to Brown, the essays do not aim to definitively answer the given questions but "to critically interrogate the framing and naming practices, challenge the dogmas including those of the Left and of feminismand discern the constitutive powers shaping the problem at hand.
Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire [ edit ] In this book, Brown subverts the usual and widely accepted notion that tolerance is one of the most remarkable achievements of Western modernity. She suggests that tolerance or toleration cannot be perceived as the complete opposite to violence.
At times, it can also be used to justify violence. Brown argues that tolerance primarily operates as a discourse of subject construction and a mode of governmentality that addresses or confirms asymmetric relations between different groups, each of which must then "tolerate" other groups and categories or "be tolerated" by the dominant groups and categories.
To substantiate her thesis, Brown examines the tolerance discourse of figures like George W. BushJimmy CarterSamuel HuntingtonSusan OkinMichael IgnatieffBernard Lewisand Seyla Benhabib and argues that "tolerance as a political practice is always conferred by the dominant, it is always a certain expression of domination even as it offers protection or incorporation to the less powerful.
Here Brown argues against primarily moral or normative approaches to power and discourse, and warns against the dangers of uncritically celebrating the liberal ideal of tolerance, as frequently happens in Western notions of historical, civilizational or moral progress.
The two movements delivering such blows, neoliberalism and neoconservatism, feature both resonances and disonances. Brown argues that whilst the former acts as a political rationality, a mode of general regulation of behavior, the latter is both necessary to its survival, and parasitic of its survival.
As a form of governmentality that redefines freedom, neoliberalism will moralize politics, limiting its scope; this is the function of neo-conservatism. Walled States, Waning Sovereignty [ edit ] This book examines the revival of wall-building under shifting conditions of global capitalism.
Brown not only problematizes the assumed functions of walls, such as the prevention of crime, migration, smuggling, and so on. She also argues that walling has taken on new a significance due to its symbolic function in an increasingly globalized and precarious world of financial capital.
As individual identity as well as nation-state sovereignty are threatened, walls become objects invested with individual and collective desire. Anxious efforts to shore up national identity are thus projected onto borders as well as new material structures that would appear to secure them.
The individual chapters of the book examine the effects of neoliberalization on higher education, law,  governance,  the basic principles of liberal democratic institutions,  as well as radical democratic imaginaries.
Photo by Santiago Engelhardt. A prominent public intellectual in the United States, Brown has written and spoken about issues of free speech,  public education, political protest,  LGBTQ issues, sexual assault,  Donald Trump,  conservatism, neoliberalism,  and other matters of national and international concern.
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