This book by Eli Clare, explores the landscape of disability, class, queerness, and child abuse, telling stories that echo with the sounds of an Oregon logging and. Third Edition of. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. A finalist for a ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award. Exile and Pride Cover. Get this from a library! Exile & pride: disability, queerness & liberation. [Eli Clare].
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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Exile and Pride by Eli Clare. Using the language of the elemental world, he delineates a complex human intersection and transmutes cruelty into its opposite—a potent, lifegiving remedy.
With this critical tenth-anniversary edition, the groundbreaking publication secures its position as essential to the history of queer and disability politics, and, through significant new material that boldly interrogates and advances the original text, to its future as well.
Instead it offers an intersectional framework for understanding how our bodies actually experience the prife of oppression, power, and resistance. Paperbackpages.
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation
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Looking for pre-written discussion questions. See 1 question about Exile and Pride…. Lists with This Book. Exile and Pride reads like two books in ddisability. The first, a personal unraveling of experiences growing up poor and genderqueer with cerebral palsy in a rural white logging town in Oregon, and the second, a deeper and more queernesss analysis of ableist oppression, cultural constructions of disability, and disability activism for self-determination, also grounded in thoughtful examination of Clare’s personal experience.
Clare writes ambivalently about his ties to rural land and the values espoused Exile and Pride reads like two books in one. Clare liberatiob ambivalently about his ties to rural land and the values espoused by the white rural poor he grew up with. He finds freedom in urban dyke culture but experiences loss of community and connection to land amongst wealthy people in the city.
The first part of his book, on exile, searches for a way to create rural queer community, queer community that isn’t based in the middle and upper classes. Exiled by abuse, education and political philosophy, and need for a community that would both accept and embrace his gender exploration and identity, he misses the trees and hard work of home.
I connected to Clare’s emotional attachment to queernesz and how he incorporated social ecology into a book about gender, class, disability. So many books about identity politics, written by urban academics, leave out place, forget about the earth; Clare’s love of climbing trees and building with wood was refreshing and hopeful.
I felt inspired by his qeuerness to allow any one part of his identity overwhelm any other: It’s rare that I’ve found books on class that take an intersectional approach, grounding pridf status within experiences disabiligy race, gender, location.
Exile and Pride reminded me of Where We Stand by bell hookswhere hooks describes her experiences growing up poor and Black in the south, learning libedation navigate a college full disabiliyy rich people and an education that planted her firmly in the middle class.
The first section of Clare’s book is arguably the less important, the story of negotiating childhood a necessity to write on paper. But the new ground that he breaks, the new theoretical places to which he takes his readers, begins in the second part of the book, pride. Here he embraces the identities that helped exile him from home, and weaves an argument against that exile. Clare quite masterfully connects queerness sexuality, gender with disability. He explains the ways that society creates queerness by defining and enforcing binary gender norms.
In the same way, society creates disability by refusing to adapt to the differences in human bodies and minds, enforcing a single normal body type.
Clare uses the history of freak shows to demonstrate the different ways Western culture has related to people with differing bodies, whether because of impairment or race or even height. He libsration how ableist and racist oppression forced many “freaks” into freak shows, at times by force and at times because of economic necessity.
He also explores how many of the “freaks” were able to exploit an audience’s willingness to be duped into making successful careers for themselves, comparing the job to some sex workers’ ability to navigate patriarchy for material gain. The “pride” chapters are full of unanswered questions, and the reader can tell Clare is just now teasing out answers for himself.
That makes this book hard to read on one’s own, and I wish I had a class of brilliant fellow students to highlight the insights I’m missing.
I need to read more books on disability theory, fill in the gaps of experience and learn more about bodies and the construction of ability. I need to learn specifically and broadly how to be in solidarity with those struggling for self-determination. His last chapter returns to the topic of exile and asks the dangerous question many queer people fear to approach: Clare poses a theory that the abuse was, consciously or not, a tool to uphold the norms and binaries he described in previous chapters.
My father raped me for many reasons, and inside his acts of violence I learned what it meant to be female, to be a child, to live in my particular body, and those lessons served the larger power structure and hierarchy well. Apr 06, Colin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Exile and Pride changed my life and transformed my political outlook at age It provided a critical analysis of ableism that helped me finally understand how my experiences as a queer with cerebral palsy fit into a radical social justice framework.
His writing on language, the body, history, class, and the environment is engaging, hopeful and personal. I felt his race analysis was problematic overall, though the chapter on the freakshow is excellent. A must-read for everyone concerned with Exile and Pride changed my life and transformed my political outlook at age A must-read for everyone concerned with social justice. Feb 13, Naphtali Gaither rated it it was amazing. This book saved my life. Dec 16, Nomy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Really smart and well-written.
Academic and referential in ways that could have been more accessible, but overall one of the best essay collections I’ve ever read. This is such a powerful, important book. It was recommended to me by a disability studies professor who knew I was interested in the intersection of disability and queerness, but it is so much more than I was expecting. I wasn’t anticipating the deep reflection on place and the author’s childhood in rural Oregon, but I found this part especially unique and insightful.
The discussion had a great deal of relevance to the current political conversations regarding rural America, but it was also spec This is such a powerful, important book. The discussion had a great deal of relevance to the current political conversations regarding rural America, but it was also specifically resonant for me, as a queer city-dwelling woman who still carries personal and family ties to forests and forestry in the Northwest.
I was also very appreciative of the reflection on the distinction between having pride and bearing witness, and the importance of both. This book has a lot of very valuable things to say about disability and queerness, but this was one of the things that stood out the most for me.
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare
I’d be very interested lride see what the newest update of the text adds I read wnd editionand what further comments the author might make on these topics in the era of Prids. Sep 06, Laura rated it it was ok. Probably ground-breaking when it was first published, Exile and Pride is nonetheless on the underwhelming side of average. It discusses theoretical concepts related to many interrelated forms of oppression, and also depicts the personal lived experiences of author.
However, Exile and Pride is trying to be too many different things at once and it does not fully succeed at any. Firstly, the book’s academic writing aspirations. Although the author references many co Probably ground-breaking when it was first published, Exile and Pride is nonetheless on the underwhelming side of average. This book summarises a lot of theories that are explored in much greater depth and detail elsewhere. Nor are there enough of them.
I can imagine this book might be mind-blowing for readers who had never heard any of these concepts discussed before, and for those readers with similar experiences and never before found anyone else queerneess understood them.
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
And I freely admit that if I had read in in I would have had a completely different reaction to it. Read this for class. I found some things though they were minor, petty things in all honesty hard to latch onto on a personal level but what this book says is so important. Clare is fearless and funny, strong and stubborn in the way that a good example of critical thought on society should be.
I enjoyed the book and the discussions had on it very much. One of the most vital ideas contained within this book is the idea that nobody is a perfect all-righteous activist.
Things in life will contrad Read this for class. Things in life will contradict and you may find value in snd very opposite things, wondering where you should stand. It is worth it to try and make peace with that, to acknowledge the layers of human in all of us and the ways struggles may connect and what one problem may say about another. It was a great introduction to me to the issues around disability. To understand the situation that disabled people are in, an able-bodied person needs exil hear it from the source.
The afterword is especially important to those wanting to make a difference. I recommend multiple re-readings of disabiilty passage and I will ensure to take my own advice on that.
Jul 10, sasha rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 24, Rob Barry rated it it was amazing. Eli challenges conventional wisdom read as “view of the powers-that-be” regarding the intersectionality of gender, disability, race, class, abuse, and sexuality.
While neither presuming certainty, nor preaching, I felt that Eli honestly wrestled with the complexities, ignorance, and power structures associated with this intersectionality. This book, I feel, was tough and tra “Her words pushed against the lies. This book, I feel, was tough and transformative — it has opened my eyes to assumptions and structures that I had never liberaiton. I’m quueerness to read it again. Clare uses language to articulate the complexity that is being working class, disabled and queer among other identities, such as survivor.
I did not expect such a long history of logging or freak shows, but she needed liberatioon to connect us with her entire lived experience. I appreciated the questions weaves throughout the prose, but I also appreciated how Clare herself did not back down from answering them. It was queernesss nice to see a writer from Prjde Arbor.