Anna Tsalapatanis, Miranda Bruce, David Bissell, Helen Keane
May 17, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9781138709782 - CAT# Y324429
Series: Sociological Futures
Social Beings, Future Belongings is a collection of sociological essays that address an increasingly relevant matter: what does belonging look like in the 21st century? The book critically explores the concept of belonging and how it can respond to contemporary problems in not only the traditional domains of citizenship and migration, but also in detention practices, queer and feminist politics, Australian literature and fashion, technology, housing, and rituals.
Drawing on examples from Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, each topic is examined as a different kind of problem for the future - as a toil, an intensity, or a promise. Ultimately, the collection argues that creating new ways to belong in contemporary times means reimagining the traditional terms on which belonging can happen, as well as the social itself. Read on their own, each essay presents a compelling case study and develops a set of critical tools for encountering the empirical, epistemological, and ontological challenges we face today. Read together, they present a diverse imagination that is capable of answering the question of belonging in, to, and with the future.
Social Beings, Future Belongings shows how belonging is not a static and universal state, but a contingent, emergent, and ongoing future-oriented set of practices. Balancing empirical and theoretical work, this book will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.
David Bissell, Miranda Bruce, Helen Keane and Anna Tsalapatanis
Part I: Toils
1. Naming Belonging: When National Vocabularies Fail
2. ‘Their Time and Their Story’: Inscribing Belonging Through Life Narratives and Role Expectations in Wedding Videography
Matthew Wade and Michael J. Walsh
3. Academics Anonymous: Blogging and Feminist ‘Be/longings’ in the Neoliberal University
Part II: Intensities
4. Transforming Belongings in Guantanamo Bay
5. Belonging in the Future?
6. Costumes of Belonging: ‘Fitting in’ circus fabrics in the novels The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey and The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott, and the costume-cum-body art of Leigh Bowery
Part III: Promises
7. Beyond Human (Un)Belonging: Intimacies and the Impersonal in Black Mirror
Clare Southerton and Miranda Bruce
8. Belonging, Place and Identity in the 21st Century
9. Femininity isn't Femme: Appearance and the Contradictory Space of Queer Femme Belonging
Hannah McCann and Gemma Killen