Hypersexuality and Headscarves Hypersexuality and Headscarves : Race, Sex, and Citizenship in the New Germany Race, Sex, and Citizenship in the New Germany
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.
- Electronic book text | 210 pages
- 17 Feb 2012
- Indiana University Press
- United States
"Full of surprisingly fresh insights that make one see the politics ofthe body in Germany in a totally new way.... [O]pens up new horizons inconceptualizing the place of biologically non-German bodies in contemporaryGermany.... [S]hows that parallel processes are at work for Vietnamese, African, andMuslim immigrants and also for immigrants who first arrived to East and WestGermany." -- Esra zy rek, University of California, San Diego--Esra zy rek, University of California, San Diego