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WGSS Brown Bag Chad Kautzer | Interdisciplinary Programs

Apr 4, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Williams Hall - Room 070
31 Williams Drive
Bethlehem PA 18015

Jeanne Kassis Office of Interdisciplinary Programs

Brown Bag: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Chad Kautzer, Philosophy Dept. Whiteness and Masculinity in U.S. Gun Culture

The U.S. has a long history of producing and policing race and gender lines through privatized forms of violence, from the colony and plantation to white vigilantes and the family patriarch. Defying the notion that the state has a monopoly on the use of force, these sub-state practices often operate in what Agamben calls the “no-man’s-land between public law and political fact,” undermining or reenforcing group relations of security and vulnerability. In this paper, I situate the contemporary tactical gun culture in the U.S. within this tradition and analyze the notions of freedom and sovereignty at play in the construction of masculinity and whiteness.

Bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert provided.

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