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  • What′s the Use?: On the Uses of Use

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    Pages: 288
    Illustrations: 52 illustrations
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  • “In this close reading of use, Sara Ahmed leads the reader from object to object in a pace that moves with the deliberateness of a philosopher and the grace of a literary scholar. With this and other books, Ahmed has established herself as one of the most important feminist thinkers in the world.” — Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

    “With characteristic verve and force, Sara Ahmed explores the uses of use. More than a history of an idea and much more than a philosophical investigation of use and value, Ahmed’s book teaches us how to locate use, usefulness, used upness, used objects, and useful and useless knowledge in relation to time, space, queerness, and more. Read this book, you need it, and more importantly, you will use it. It is useful and useless in equal proportion and compelling precisely because of its mixed use value. Before you know it, you will get used to use and you will carry it with you always.” — Jack Halberstam

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  • Description

    In What’s the Use? Sara Ahmed continues the work she began in The Promise of Happiness and Willful Subjects by taking up a single word—in this case, use—and following it around. She shows how use became associated with life and strength in nineteenth century biological and social thought and considers how utilitarianism offered a set of educational techniques for shaping individuals by directing them toward useful ends. Ahmed also explores how spaces become restricted to some uses and users with specific reference to universities. She notes, however, the potential for queer use: how things can be used in ways that were not intended or by those for whom they were not intended. Ahmed posits queer use as way of reanimating the project of diversity work as the ordinary and painstaking work of opening up institutions to those who have historically been excluded from them.

    About The Author(s)

    Sara Ahmed is an independent scholar and author of Living a Feminist Life and several other books also published by Duke University Press.
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