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:D here's my list.

1. The Methodology of the Oppressed by Chela Sandoval
2. Soul Talk by Gloria Akasha Hull
3. Culture and Truth by Renato Rosaldo
4. Thirdspace by Edward Soja
5. Homo Ludens by Huizinga
6. Tales of Dark Skinned Women by Gargi Bhattacharyya
7. In Other Worlds by Spivak
8. Queer Phenomenology by Sara Ahmed
9. "A Cyborg Manifesto" by Donna Haraway
10. "Situated Knowledges" by Donna Haraway

:braces self:



Sandoval highlights that postmodernism comes out of dominant culture's abrupt realization that shit's unstable and unsure, and that this is a realization marginalized people have been having for generations. She suggests -- and I'd agree -- that truth's a convenient concept contingent on what's politically and socially useful at the moment. It's always conditional, and also always deployed in a utilitarian manner.

I honestly haven't really thought about what that has to do with theory. I'm thinking that it highlights that reality is unstable- and for me theory provides a just-so! story to navigate that instability. Like, I don't know if what Ahmed's saying about RSD and heteronormativity is "true" or not, but it's got some explanatory power that I find really useful in clarifying some questions I have about the wedding industry in the US. ;) So it'll do.

Edited at 2010-07-13 03:41 am (UTC)
I would take issue with the notion of truth being something always "useful", especially politically and your description of her position strikes me as a little less than subtle: i.e. it is fashionable to call all truth "political" and "useful." It speaks of a level of presentism that marks Americans mostly but also feminist scholars (frighteningly). Would she allow for any "truth" that isn't conditional?

Also, I bring this back to my above comment about when and how theory happens--theory is not a method, but a way of thinking that comes about when the old conventions become unsatisfying (shit's unstable and unsure!). If we think of theory within that frame, how does postmodernism really differ from other theories? And (I think postmodernism is a good example here, though structuralism is harder, no?) is theory a stabilizer or destabilizer?