Hypersexuality and Headscarves

Hypersexuality and Headscarves : Race, Sex, and Citizenship in the New Germany

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In this compelling study, Damani J. Partridge explores citizenship and exclusion in Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall. That event seemed to usher in a new era of universal freedom, but post-reunification transformations of German society have in fact produced noncitizens: non-white and "foreign" Germans who are simultaneously portrayed as part of the nation and excluded from full citizenship. Partridge considers the situation of Vietnamese guest workers "left behind" in the former East Germany; images of hypersexualized black bodies reproduced in popular culture and intimate relationships; and debates about the use of the headscarf by Muslim students and teachers. In these and other cases, which regularly provoke violence against those perceived to be different, he shows that German national and European projects are complicit in the production of distinctly European noncitizens.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illus.
  • 0253223695
  • 9780253223692
  • 1,195,545

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[T]his book is an important addition to scholarship on citizenship and minority inclusion/exclusion in Europe, adding a much-needed perspective on Germany to a field dominated by work on Britain and France. It is highly readable: Partridge has an easy, engaging style that makes the book eminently suitable for undergraduates, in addition to graduate students and specialists. * German Studies Review * Hypersexuality and Headscarves is a critical analysis of the dynamics of race and citizenship in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. With this highly original investigation, Partridge offers an important contribution to the study of race in Germany. * Reviews & Critical Commentary * [This] book's impressive ethnographic breadth thus serves to convey just how varied, pervasive, and entrenched the mechanisms of exclusion are in Germany. . . Taken as a whole, Partridge's portrait of exclusion in Germany is an illuminating and damning one. August 2013 * AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST *show more

About Damani J. Partridge

Damani J. Partridge is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsPrologueIntroduction: Becoming Noncitizens1. Ethno-patriarchal Returns: The Fall of the Wall, Closed Factories, and Leftover Bodies2. Travel as an Analytic of Exclusion: The Politics of Mobility after the Wall3. We Were Dancing in the Club, Not on the Berlin Wall: Black Bodies, Street Bureaucrats, and Hypersexual Returns4. The Progeny of Guest Workers as Leftover Bodies: Post-Wall West German Schools and the Administration of Failure5. Why Can't You Just Remove Your Headscarf So We Can See You? Reappropriating "Foreign" Bodies in the New GermanyConclusion: Intervening at the Sites of Exclusionary Production Epilogue: Triangulated (Non)Citizenship: Memories and Futures of Racialized ProductionNotesReferencesIndexshow more

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