This book discusses Donna Haraway’s and Gayatri Spivak’s theories from three interweaving dimensions of boundary, critique and resistance, and explores the meaning of living together in terms of the basis of knowledges, the possibility of ethics and the future of actions.
The introduction provides an outline of the book as a whole. The second chapter examines the critical images in Haraway’s and Spivak’s works. These images imply particular intentions of action and the relevant power struggles about boundary negotiations, conflicts, representations and embodiments. Chapter 3 and 4 investigate respectively Haraway’s and Spivak’s methodologies of critique, and the underlying world images and their agential significance. The conclusion chapter points out that these two thinkers share some common orientations based respectively on their different positions of enunciation.
Their common ground is the resistance to strong powers. The resistance is multifarious and inherent in their methodologies of critique, and involves rethinking, and reconstitution of boundaries. Their works point to the same ethical responsibility we face in the contemporary global world. However, their differences are as important as their common goals. Each in her own particular existential position of enunciation reveals unique stories, metaphors and contradictions. Meanwhile, we have to construct our own discourses in every reading project. It is only through these discourses we can begin to understand our own worldly existence, and to think and act for ourselves.