New Materialism: An Experiment in Queer Thinking

  • Louisa Allen
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


This chapter establishes the conceptual underpinnings of the book, providing an explanation of new materialism, queer theory, and their relationship. It also charts the theoretical relationship between post-humanism, feminism, and new materialism. As well as explaining how this book is both new materialist and queer, the chapter highlights how Barad (Meeting the universe halfway: Quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning, Duke University Press, 2007) takes up the concept of queer in her work on agential realism. In addition, it begins to map the way new materialist thought around the concept of intra-action can be used think-with the concept of sexuality and the curriculum area of sexuality education. For those new to the theories outlined here, the aim is to provide an accessible introduction, while also extending elements of them.


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  • Louisa Allen
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  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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