Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-07-24
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Profit and Pleasureis a groundbreaking attempt to understand the relationship between capitalism and sexual identity. Rosemary Hennessy boldly reorients queer theory away from its preoccupation with psychoanalysis, language, and performance, instead insisting upon close analysis of the structures of late capitalism, labor, and commodification. She argues that sexual identity has always been linked to gender, race, and nationality, but these identities themselves arise from capitalism. As globalization transforms capitalism, it also transforms sexual identity, opening up both new forms of commodification and new opportunities for agency. On the one hand, middle-class gays and lesbians are enjoying unprecedented visibility, but on the other, society still relies on the gendered division of labor that renders certain subjects unequal. Drawing on an international range of examples, from Che Guevarra to "The Crying Game,"Profit and Pleasureleads the discussion of sexuality to a consideration ofmaterial reality and the substance of men and women's everyday lives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Setting the Terms
The Material of Sex
Cultural Study, Commodity Logic Sexual Subjects
Queer Visibility in Commodity Culture
Sexual Alibis, Colonial Displacements: Materializing Myth in The Crying Game
Desire as a Class Act: Lesbian in Late Capitalism
Identity, Need, and the making of Revolutionary Love
Notes 233(14)
Works Cited 247(16)
Index 263

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