Planetary Sightings? Negotiating Sexual Differences in Globalization's Shadow


in Planetary Loves

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233250
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240487 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Planetary Sightings? Negotiating Sexual Differences in               Globalization's Shadow

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This chapter traces the legacies of colonial strategies of othering in the contemporary empire, specifically their influence in the cultural wars over the status of sexual minorities, which threaten to divide the Anglican communion in a conflict portrayed as a rift along old colonial lines. It begins with a critical look at the tendency in the United States to seek a resolution by locating “the cause” of homosexuality. This route is problematic in a number of ways for a progressive Christian sexual politics. In particular, it fails to contest or even acknowledge the racist underpinnings and colonialist legacies of our current sexual economy—necessary vectors if we are to face up to the global dimensions of this issue, as made manifest in the Anglican communion. Deploying Spivak's critique of comp lit and her notion of planetarity can help us see differently both problems and possibilities inherent in this controversy.

Keywords: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; othering; cultural wars; homosexuality; Christian sexual politics

Chapter.  6366 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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