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By Judith Butler

The prestigious writer of Gender hassle the following redefines Antigone's legacy, convalescing her innovative value and freeing it for a revolutionary feminism and sexual politics. Antigone has lengthy been a feminist icon of defiance. yet what has remained uncertain is whether or not she escapes from the different types of energy that she opposes, because the type of defiance she exemplifies additionally results in her loss of life. Butler argues that Antigone represents a kind of feminist and sexual employer that's fraught with hazard. furthermore, Antigone exhibits how a tradition of normative heterosexuality obstructs our potential to determine what sexual freedom and political employer can be.

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As Cohen reflected on the Mods and Rockers episode in the 1960s, More moral panics will be generated and other, as yet nameless, folk devils will be created. This is not because such developments have an inexorable inner logic but because our society as presently structured will continue to generate problems for some of its members—like working-class adolescents—and then condemn whatever solutions these groups find. The resonance of historical panics in modern crises is worth noting because it demonstrates the continuing need to define the contours of normality and to eliminate difference.

24. , p. 91. 25. , p. 104. In a later essay, Eugene Rochberg-Halton suggested that meaning of things one values is not limited just to the individual object itself but also includes the spatial intext in which the object is placed, forming a domain of personal territoriality. In other words, the background context or gestalt of the thing also reveals something and results show how different rooms real different conceptions of the self (Eugene Rochberg-Halton, ‘Object relations, role models and the cultivation of the self’, Environment and Behavior, 16(3), 1984, 335–368) 2 IMAGES OF DIFFERENCE The determination of a border between the inside and the outside according to ‘the simple logic of excluding filth’, as Kristeva puts it, or the imperative of ‘distancing from disgust’ (Constance Perin) translates into several different corporeal or social images which signal imperfection or a low ranking in a hierarchy of being.

Fears die down and people subsequently rub along with each other. Often, but not invariably, panics concern contested spaces, liminal zones which hostile communities are intent on eliminating by appropriating such spaces for themselves and excluding the offending ‘other’. 25 One of the most remarkable features of moral panics is their recurrence in different guises with no obvious connection with economic crises or periods GEOGRAPHIES OF EXCLUSION / 40 of social upheaval, as if societies frequently need to define their boundaries.

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