The Biopolitics of Mixing: Thai Multiracialities and Haunted by Jinthana Haritaworn

By Jinthana Haritaworn

Debates over who belongs in Europe and who does not more and more communicate the language of combining, yet how are the figures regularly defined as 'mixed' truly embodied? The Biopolitics of combining invitations us to reckon with the spectres of pathologization earlier and current, putting the occasion of combining beside ethical panics over terrorism and trafficking and a post-race multiculturalism that elevates a few as privileged participants of the neoliberal group, when ghosting others from it. Drawing on a large archive together with wealthy qualitative interviews carried out in Britain and Germany, media and coverage debates, pop culture, race-based examine and queer-of-colour theories, this e-book imagines into being groups during which humans and locations usually saved separate can coexist within the related truth.

As such, it's going to entice students throughout quite a number sociological and cultural reviews, together with severe race, ethnic and migration experiences, transnational gender and queer reports, German and eu reviews, Thai and Southeast Asian reports, and reviews of impact, performativity, biopolitics and necropolitics. it's going to be learn by way of all these attracted to pondering significantly at the intersections of race, type, gender, sexuality and incapacity.

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These can be ambivalent and contradictory. Thus, Yasmin’s evaluation of how the strange man approached her at the station seemed to oscillate between anger, annoyance, ridicule and pleasure in the face of the shocked, intrigued reactions her body was able to attract. We will return to the sexualization of the multiracialized body in the next chapter. ’ could be a sexualizing as well as racializing technique, which also evaluated a subject’s worth as a woman. In the encounter at the train station, it served as a pick-up line, which used Yasmin’s racialized looks as a legitimate entry point for sexualization.

Where are you from? 31 was far from morally neutral. More was clearly at stake than giving an accurate description of his background. As multiraciality theorist Cynthia Nakashima (1992) argued, multiracialization is an ambivalent process: it either celebrates its object as ‘the best of both worlds’/‘the good mix’ or pathologizes it as ‘the worst of both worlds’/‘the bad mix’. As we shall see in the course of this book, evaluators, having ‘found out’ where their subjects were ‘from’, cast their racializing gaze further onto their body, into their mind and into their racial and sexual genealogy.

When I revisited her interview, I had just returned from a visit to my parents. I had looked at my first baby photos, and found two locks of my hair glued inside the album, each dated differently. ’ What might my mother have been thinking, and why was this a relevant question to ask of my growing body? This ‘ageing’ of phenotype in both Yasmin’s and my biographies, however problematic, again competes with a pre-social notion of phenotype or even ‘ambiguity’ as a stable property of the body. Yasmin’s phenotype, in other words, was not a truth that could be read off her body.

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