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Turner, Jack 1975-

Works: 4 works in 23 publications in 1 language and 1,680 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Editor, Author
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Most widely held works by Jack Turner
A political companion to Henry David Thoreau( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The writings of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) have captivated scholars, activists, and ecologists for more than a century. Less attention has been paid, however, to the author's political philosophy and its influence on American public life. Although Thoreau's doctrine of civil disobedience has long since become a touchstone of world history, the greater part of his political legacy has been overlooked. With a resurgence of interest in recent years, A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau is the first volume focused exclusively on Thoreau's ethical and political thought. Jack Turner illuminates the unexamined aspects of Thoreau's political life and writings. Combining both new and classic essays, this book offers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Thoreau's politics, and includes discussions of subjects ranging from his democratic individualism to the political relevance of his intellectual eccentricity. The collection consists of works by sixteen prominent political theorists and includes an extended bibliography on Thoreau's politics. A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau is a landmark reference for anyone seeking a better understanding of Thoreau's complex political philosophy."
Awakening to race : individualism and social consciousness in America by Jack Turner( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The election of America's first black president has led many to believe that race is no longer a real obstacle to success and that remaining racial inequality stems largely from the failure of minority groups to take personal responsibility for seeking out opportunities. Often this argument is made in the name of the long tradition of self-reliance and American individualism. In "Awakening to Race", Jack Turner upends this view, arguing that it expresses not a deep commitment to the values of individualism, but a narrow understanding of them. Drawing on the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin, Turner offers an original reconstruction of democratic individualism in American thought. All these thinkers, he shows, held that personal responsibility entails a refusal to be complicit in injustice and a duty to combat the conditions and structures that support it. At a time when individualism is invoked as a reason for inaction, Turner makes the individualist tradition the basis of a bold and impassioned case for race consciousness - consciousness of the ways that race continues to constrain opportunity in America. Turner's "new individualism" becomes the grounds for concerted public action against racial injustice
The color of fat : racial biopolitics of obesity by Rachel Sanders( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation employs the analytics of biopolitics, critical race theory, and feminist theory to explore the racial and gender dynamics of the political and medical construction of the American 'obesity epidemic.' Its two-part structure enables me to critique 'obesity' both as a legitimate public health concern whose higher prevalence among minorities is an embodiment of racial injustice and as a problematic construct that serves biopower, gender retrenchment and colorblind white dominance. Chapters 1 and 2 use the Foucauldian optic of biopower in tandem with Agamben's concept of 'spaces of exception' and the work of urban sociologists to analyze segregated urban enclaves as the racially delineated spaces in which biopower, despite its signature commitment to supporting life, represses black life chances. Drawing on epidemiological theories of embodiment and public health research, I argue that higher rates of obesity among American minorities are an embodied outcome of structural racism and should be apprehended as a form of 'structural violence' to prompt recognition that the outcomes of structural racism, if not its implements, are physically harmful. Staking a critical distance from the pathologization of fat, Chapter 3 analyzes how the construction of America's 'obesity epidemic' fortifies both biopower and status quo gender arrangements. This construction authorizes a vast 'assemblage' of both institutionally bound and individually administered health and lifestyle surveillance programs. I argue that the medical and political promotion of 'fat panic' re-enlists women in new self-disciplinary 'body projects' that complement regimens already prescribed by what some feminists call the 'fashion-beauty complex.' Thus framing obesity as a public health problem not only serves benevolent public health goals but also extends the knowledge-gathering capacity of biopower and aids gender retrenchment. Chapter 4 analyzes political, public health, and cultural discourses that recursively emphasize the higher prevalence of obesity among minorities in general, and among African American and Latina women in particular, as a contemporary 'racial project.' I argue that because they play out in a political context marked by the convergence of neoliberalism and 'the politics of disgust,' these discourses are constructing a new-but-old 'controlling image' of American obesity that harnesses the most deplored traits of the welfare queen. This repurposed stereotype of the insatiable, undisciplined, and freeloading fat black woman serves as a receptacle for white anxiety over the vulnerability of white privilege as obesity rates rise among all racial groups and national anxiety over the 'tribal stigma' of fatness as it engulfs the country at large. In its entirety, this project contributes to and builds new connections between multiple disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, namely political theories of biopower, social scientific scholarship on racial inequality, critical race and gender studies, epidemiology and public health, and fat studies
Reconstructing American individualism : race and the ethics of citizenship by Jack Turner( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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A political companion to Henry David Thoreau
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