Queering the Center by Centering the Queer: Reflections on Transsexuals and Secular Jews

Naomi Scheman

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Abstract

This chapter deconstructs the privileged subjectivity inherent in social "norms of selfhood," by decentralizing paradigmatic definitions of sex, gender, race, and religion. Heterosexuality and Christianity are upheld as pinnacles of morality at the expense of other beliefs and practices, disregarding what would be considered "normal" for those marginalized groups. To rectify this, the author suggests employing a Wittgensteinian "confusion" in order to better comprehend the context-by understanding the "unintelligible" nature and perspectives of the marginalized, in order to appreciate the history and normativity particular to each group and come to a proper sense of unity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShifting Ground
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267483
ISBN (Print)9780195395112
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2015

Keywords

  • Christianity
  • Heterosexuality
  • Marginalized groups
  • Morality
  • Normativity
  • Norms of selfhood
  • Privileged subjectivity

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