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Sovereign Invulnerability: Sexual Politics and the Ontology of Rape

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dc.contributor.advisor Casey, Edward S en_US
dc.contributor.author Jones, Jane Clare en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:50:47Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:50:47Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76602 en_US
dc.description 398 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract As Rebecca Whisnant has noted, notions of national…and…bodily (especially sexual) sovereignty are routinely merged in rhetoric and metaphor. (2008:155) Departing from this observation, this project explores the ‘existential infrastructure' of the ‘logic of sovereign integrity' in which personhood is thought as analogous to jurisdiction over a bounded territorial enclosure. It traces the philosophical history of this logic, and unfolds the post-Heideggerian French critique of sovereignty as an analysis of how sovereign imperatives are animated by a drive to deny the vulnerabilities of constitutive ontological relation, and are thus implicated in violent cycles of disavowal and appropriation. It then applies this analytic to the question of women's sexuate personhood, suggesting that while sovereign invocations are an understandable response to attacks on women's bodily self-determination, the logic of sovereign integrity is implicated in undermining the possibility of penetrable sexual subjects and in producing proprietorial notions of sexual interaction which confound our ability to successfully prosecute rape. Moreover, I argue that the imperative toward sovereign invulnerability itself issues in a drive towards appropriation, and is an animating impulse of the misogynist rage and aggrieved narcissistic entitlement that propel acts of sexual violence. Sovereign logics, that is, both undermine women's sexuate personhood and are implicated in generating the acts of violent appropriation they are frequently deployed to resist. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy -- Metaphysics -- Ethics en_US
dc.subject.other Appropriation, Colonialism, Consent, Feminism, Misogyny, Rape en_US
dc.title Sovereign Invulnerability: Sexual Politics and the Ontology of Rape en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Craig, Megan en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Kittay, Eva en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Vera-Gray, Fiona en_US

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