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Examines the issue of the threatening action of words.
With the same intellectual courage with which she addressed issues of gender, Judith Butler turns her attention to speech and conduct in contemporary political life, looking at several efforts to target speech as conduct that has become subject to political debate and regulation. Reviewing hate speech regulations, anti-pornography arguments, and recent controversies about gay self-declaration in the military, Judith Butler asks whether and how language acts in each of these cultural sites.
Table of Contents
Introduction On Linguistic Vulnerability 1 (42)
Burning Acts, Injurious Speech 43 (28)
Sovereign Performatives 71 (32)
Contagious Word: Paranoia and 103(24)
``Homosexuality'' in the Military
Implicit Censorship and Discursive Agency 127(38)