- Author : Eli Clare
- Release Date : 13 January 2017
- Publisher : Duke University Press
- Categories : Social Science
- Pages : 240 pages
- ISBN 13 : 9780822373520
- ISBN 10 : 0822373521
Synopsis : Brilliant Imperfection written by Eli Clare, published by Duke University Press which was released on 13 January 2017. Download Brilliant Imperfection Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the nonnegotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.