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Jasbir Puar


Born in 1967, Jasbir Puar a queer theorist is presently Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. In 1993 Puar received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of York (UK). She obtained her Ph.D in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Puar has obtained a substantial amount of major awards. For her archival and ethnographic documentation work (2002-2003) she was awarded a Ford Foundation grant.  She was also the winner of the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. She was the recipient of the 2012-13 Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. For her years of scholar-activist work she received the 2013 Modern Languages Association Gay Lesbian/Queer Caucus Michael Lynch Award. January 2013 she was awarded the Robert Sutherland Visitorship at Queens University. Also on her list of accolades Puar has also received two awards for her graduate teaching from both the Graduate School of Rutgers University and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Major Works

Queer Times, Queer Assemblages” (2005)- Puar formulates that we move from intersectionality to assemblage as a form of critical habitude. Is an assemblage; an encounter between queer theory and assemblage; a illustration of assemblage and the kind of movement that assemblage can format.

“Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times” (2007)- Discuss the relationship between queer, masculinity, and” the war on terror”. Gives an understanding of the heternormative white America and the homophobic rendering of terrorist as queer.

“I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess intesectionality, Assemblage, and Affective Politics” – Response to her theory in “Terrorist Assemblages; Homonationalism in Queer Times”. Intersectionality is intricate by the notion of queer assemblages.

Main Concept

Jasbir Puar’s main concept consist of the discussion of “the war of terror” is a premised structure of the white, heteronomative, and masculine nation that relies upon queer sexualities to mark the boundary (homonationalism) between us and terrorist.

One component of assemblage is the categories- race, genders, sexuality are considered as events, actions, and encounters between bodies rather than as simply entities and attributes of subjects. Queerness as an assemblage calls attention to epistemology in tandem with ontology.

Intersectionality as an intellectual procedure and a tool for political intervention must be supplemented by onotion of queer assemblage.

Contemporary discourses of Muslim sexuality only mask and reproduce and underlying belief in American exceptionalism.


Puar attacks the racism of those who assert Islamphobia and she mentions that Islam is homophobic but does not explore this (Goldie: 2010). Puar uses words or phrases most people don’t understand simply for the sake of blowing smoke to cover up the insufficiency of her ideas. Puar makes statements and offensive statements but does not back up what she’s saying with actual historical or political explanations instead says a lot of “esoteric catchphrases”.


Gunkel Henriette ,Pitcher Ben, Puar Jasbir. “Q&A with Jasbir Puar (Interview)”. Darkmatter in the ruins of imperial culture. Darkmatter journal, 2013. Web 4 May 2013. <;

Hans, Alan. “Cultural Studies: Terrorist Assemblages”. M/C Review. M/C Publication,  6 May 2005. Web 4 May 2013 <>

Puar, Jasbir. “Jasbir K. Puar”. Jasbir K. Puar. Jasbir Puar, 2013. Web 29 April 2013. 2013. <>

Puar, Jasbir.” Rutger’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies”. Department of Women’s & Gender Studies. Rutgers School of Arts and Science, 2012.  Web 24 November 2012.. <>

Puar, Jasbir. “ Homonationalism Talk: A Real Disappointment.” Sticky Thought. Sketchy Thoughts Blog Spot, 2008.  Web 26 Nov 2012. <>

Puar, Jasbir. “I would rather be a goddess: Intersectionality, Assemblage, and Affective Politics.” European institute for progressive cultural policies. Eipcp, January 2011. Web 24 November 2012. <>

Puar, Jasbir. “Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times”. Durham. 2007. Print

Frances Fox Piven

(Keep original text) Frances Fox Piven is a prominent activist and social theorist known for her work surrounding poverty and public policy. Born in the year 1932 to working-class Polish immigrants, Piven grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens (West; 2011). Accepted into the University of Chicago’s City Planning undergraduate program at the age of 15, Piven spent her nights waitressing in truck stop diners and her days were spent debating theory with her classmates in coffee shops. Her lifelong marriage of seemingly separate worlds of academia and the realities of the working poor is central to her work and theory (Sophia Smith Collection; 2012). Upon completing her fraduate degree in Social and Economic Planning at the University of Chicago in 1962 she moved to New York City to work in Mobilization for Youth on the Lower East Side for her future husband Richard Cloward (West; 2011).

Piven went on to teach at Colombia University and Boston University, and has taught at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York since 1982. She has held posts on the boards of the Democratic Socialists of America and the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as served president of the American Sociological Association (Sophia Smith Collection; 2012).

Major Works

“Regulating the Poor” (1972)- a historical and theoretical analysis of the role of welfare policy in the economic and political control of the poor and working class.

“Poor Peoples’ Movements” (1977)- Analyzes the political dynamics through which insurgent social movements sometimes compel significant policy reforms.

“Why Americans Don’t Vote” (1988)- Analyzes of the role of electoral laws and practices in disenfranchising large numbers of working class and poor citizens.

“The War at Home” (2004)- Examines the domestic causes and consequences of the foreign wars launched by the Bush administration.

“Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America” (2006)- Examines the interplay of disruptive social movements and electoral politics in generating the political force for egalitarian reform in American history.

Major Concept

Piven and her late husband Richard Cloward outlined the Cloward-Piven Strategy which seeks to expedite the fall of capitalism by over loading government bureaucracies with a flood of impossible demands. Piven believed this would push for major economic reform at the national level. She also proposed the poor should disrupt the system by engaging in irregular and disruptive tactics. Puar views violent rioting as an effective and desirable means for social change.


(Keep original text) Piven was famously attacked by conservative pundit Glenn Beck and his supporters for her 2010 article “Mobilizing the Jobless”.  In the article Piven calls for mass protests by the young and unemployed, who she feels have been failed and ignored by their government (Piven; 2012). In characterization typical of critics of Piven, Beck argued that she seeks a collapse of the economic system and advocates for welfare policies in which the poor lazily collect checks funded by tax dollars of the middle and upper classes (Mirkinson; 2011).


Mirkinson, Jack. “Glenn Beck Target Frances Fox Piven Gets Death Threats”. The Huffington Post, 21 January 2011. Web November 17, 2012.

Piven, Frances Fox. “Mobilizing the Jobless”. The Nation, 22 December 2010. Web November 17, 2012.

Poe, Richard. “ The Cloward-Piven Strategy”. Discover the Network A Guide to the Political Left.,  2005. Web 4 May 2013.

Sophia Smith Collection. “Biographical Note”. Smith College. Five Colleges Archives and Manuscripts Collections. Web 15 November 2012.

West, Cornel. “The Weight of the Poor: Cornel West Interview Frances Fox Piven”. Guernica Magazine, 15 September 2011. Web 15  November 2012.

3 thoughts on “Revised and Finish Project

  1. It took me almost four days to do the revisions on Puar. Her theories were completely over my head. I keep battling with myself because I was so unsure as to what exactly she was saying. I didn’t want everyone else to be penalized for my lack of understanding so I spent alot of time on her. Piven was a breeze though.

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