Alexis Shotwell: Against Purity

Something there feels important to me about...doing what we can from where we are, building our capacity to do more, and refusing to be convinced that it’s hopeless for us to do anything if we can’t solve everything.
Alexis Shotwell

Alexis Shotwell discusses her book Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times with Chris Richardson. Shotwell is an associate professor at Carleton University, on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. Her political work focuses on queer liberation, Indigenous solidarity and decolonization, and feminist community education.  She is the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding (Penn State Press, 2011) and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (Minnesota University Press, 2016). She has published in Signs, Hypatia, The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and Sociological Theory. Her academic work addresses racial formation, disability, unspeakable and unspoken knowledge, sexuality, gender, and political transformation.

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