Curiosity and Power: The Politics of Inquiry
University of Minnesota Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-1-5179-0718-1 | Paper: 978-1-5179-0719-8
Library of Congress Classification HM881.Z87 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.484
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A trailblazing exploration of the political stakes of curiosity
Curiosity and Power explores curiosity through the lens of political philosophy—weaving in Nietzsche, Foucault, and Derrida in doing so—and the experience of political marginalization, demonstrating that curiosity is implicated equally in the maintenance of societies and in their transformation. Curiosity plays as central a role in establishing social institutions and fields of inquiry as it does in their deconstruction and in building new forms of political community. Understanding curiosity is critical to understanding politics, and understanding politics is critical to understanding curiosity.
Drawing not only on philosophy and political theory but also on feminist theory, race theory, disability studies, and trans studies, Curiosity and Power tracks curiosity in the structures of political marginalization and resistance—from the Civil Rights Movement to building better social relationships. Curiosity and Power insists that the power of curiosity be recognized and engaged responsibly.
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