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jr, bt, and bruce leeArrow vol 8 no 2 contents
About borderlands VOLUME 8 NUMBER 2, 2009

Aberrant Pedagogies: JR, QT and Bruce Lee

Paul Bowman


This article proposes that central to queer studies (and ‘radical,’ ‘politicized’ scholarship more widely) is a critique focused on the cultural power of institutions – pedagogical institutions in particular. It relates Jacques Rancière’s critique of such institutions to this wider ‘radical political’ impulse, and relates this impulse itself to 1960s counterculture. It asks why Rancière’s critique stops before his own historical moment, a moment that can be tied to the 1960s; and it attempts to establish the discursive status of Rancièrean and radical approaches such as queer theory by picking up where Rancière leaves off: the countercultural critique of pedagogical institutions, which spread through many realms of society, including martial arts. The key figure here is the anti-institutional and countercultural Bruce Lee. So, the article explores Bruce Lee’s iconoclastic, inter- and antidisciplinary approach to ‘learning’ in relation to Rancière’s queer pedagogy in order to deepen our thinking about an ‘emancipatory relation.’

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