chapter  2
16 Pages

Can the subaltern desire? The erotic as a power and disempowerment of the erotic

ByJAMILA M. H. MASCAT

This chapter is concerned with the danger of a 'silent' reception of 'established modes of "having" within some queer concepts of fluid identities, bodily autonomy and demands for the right to gender/sexual self-definition'. By integrating class-sensitive and Marxist approaches, it takes the critique of individualized versions of queer/ing based on a notion that signify in relation to the commodification of labor within the 'working classes'. Philosophically, the concept of self-ownership can be traced back to the works of John Locke perceived the 'person' as owner of his own body. This chapter takes the problem of potential parallels between liberalism and queer conceptualizations of identity, freedom and autonomy a step further. Hence, it draws attention to the ambivalent relationship between the commodification of the 'working/welfare class' and a production of queer subjects in capitalist economies. Here people are in particular referring to some selected postcolonial, governmentalist and materialist analyses on the paradox of the interdependence of capitalism and queerness.