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the thinking of queerness Arrow vol 8 no 2 contents
About borderlands VOLUME 8 NUMBER 2, 2009

Difference, Disagreement and the Thinking of Queerness

Chas. Phillips


This article uses the work of Jacque Rancière and Gilles Deleuze as resources for reorienting the theoretical underpinnings of queerness as a political idea. Specifically, I use Deleuze’s understanding of difference and Rancière’s description of disagreement to describe queerness as contingent, creative, and averse to certain modes of identity politics. I begin by looking at Rancière’s notion of disagreement as stemming from the (mis)counting of ‘parts’ in a political order. A group that is not counted (and therefore does not exist as a political entity) ‘comes to be’ through the declaration of a wrong. As this group emerges or actualizes, it fundamentally changes the overall constitution of the police order. Deleuze’s conception of pure difference coming from the creative realm of the ‘virtual’ helps provide a genetic principle for the unanticipated inception of these groups. By placing it under this Rancière-Deleuzian lens, I distinguish queerness from competing neoliberal attempts to deal with sexuality.

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