Research Online

Logo

Goldsmiths - University of London

Willful Subjects

Ahmed, Sara. 2014. Willful Subjects. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0822357834 [Book]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

In Willful Subjects Sara Ahmed explores willfulness as a charge often made by some against others. One history of will is a history of attempts to eliminate willfulness from the will. Delving into philosophical and literary texts, Ahmed examines the relation between will and willfulness, ill will and good will, and the particular will and general will. Her reflections shed light on how will is embedded in a political and cultural landscape, how it is embodied, and how will and willfulness are socially mediated. Attentive to the wayward, the wandering, and the deviant, Ahmed considers how willfulness is taken up by those who have received its charge. Grounded in feminist, queer, and antiracist politics, her sui generis analysis of the willful subject, the figure who wills wrongly or wills too much, suggests that willfulness might be required to recover from the attempt at its elimination.

Item Type:

Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Date:

2014

Item ID:

13882

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2015 08:36

Last Modified:

22 Apr 2016 16:39

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13882

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)