Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.42 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Eric A. Stanley is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and coeditor of Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility and Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex.


"Eric A. Stanley's Atmospheres of Violence animates trans/queer, young queer, and racially dominated lives never quite stamped out by a brittle white supremacist egosystem. Written with tenderness and passionate thunder, the book's brilliant storytelling circulates grief and hope for the governed who remain alive and ungovernable. Throughout, Stanley offers vital pedagogies of truancy and wicked survival for potential collective life."--Lauren Berlant, author of "Cruel Optimism"
"Atmospheres of Violence offers a generous and generative reminder that queer and trans lives have always been bigger and more brilliant than the deadly state that tries to frighten and cajole us. Out of a devastating archive, Eric A. Stanley's queer and trans stories rise beyond assimilation, honoring our gorgeous survival and refusals as resistance."--Tourmaline, artist, activist, and writer
"A remarkable contribution to queer theory, an imperative analytic for abolitionist praxis, and a poignanttestament to enduring the present world in service of destroying the present world, Atmospheres of Violence is a vital text for those who look, labor, and long for livable lives on the horizon."--Kerry Keith "Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association" (9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"A must read for those interested in dismantling systems of oppression and in trans/queer liberation. Essential. Advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals."--A. N. Weiss "Choice" (7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Atmospheres of Violence exposes the violent ruse of settling for equality within nested systems bent on widespread immiseration, precarity, and violence, and intricately theorizes near life as a space of inventive resistance, a lab for existential experiments in ungovernability."--Hil Malatino "GLQ" (6/2/2023 12:00:00 AM)