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The Resource Cruising the library : perversities in the organization of knowledge, Melissa Adler

Cruising the library : perversities in the organization of knowledge, Melissa Adler

Label
Cruising the library : perversities in the organization of knowledge
Title
Cruising the library
Title remainder
perversities in the organization of knowledge
Statement of responsibility
Melissa Adler
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Cruising the Library offers a highly innovative analysis of the history of sexuality and categories of sexual perversion through a critical examination of the Library of Congress and its cataloging practices. Taking the publication of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemologies of the Closet as emblematic of the Library's inability to account for sexual difference, Melissa Adler embarks upon a detailed critique of how cataloging systems have delimited and proscribed expressions of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and race in a manner that mirrors psychiatric and sociological attempts to pathologize non-normative sexual practices and civil subjects. Taking up a parallel analysis, Adler utilizes Roderick A. Ferguson's Aberrations in Black as another example of how the Library of Congress fails to account for, and thereby "buries," difference. She examines the physical space of the Library as one that encourages forms of governmentality as theorized by Michel Foucault while also allowing for its utopian possibilities. Finally, she offers a brief but highly illuminating history of the Delta Collection. Likely established before the turn of the twentieth century and active until its gradual dissolution in the 1960s, the Delta Collection was a secret archive within the Library of Congress that housed materials confiscated by the United States Post Office and other federal agencies. These were materials deemed too obscene for public dissemination or general access. Adler reveals how the Delta Collection was used to regulate difference and squelch dissent in the McCarthy era while also linking it to evolving understandings of so-called perversion in the scientific study of sexual difference. Sophisticated, engrossing, and highly readable, Cruising the Library provides us with a critical understanding of library science, an alternative view of discourses around the history of sexuality, and an analysis of the relationship between governmentality and the cataloging of research and information--as well as categories of difference--in American culture "--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Adler, Melissa
Dewey number
025.4/33
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z695
LC item number
.A25 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Delta Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Subject cataloging
  • Subject headings, Library of Congress
  • Classification, Library of Congress
  • Subject headings
  • Classification
  • Social sciences
  • Information organization
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
Label
Cruising the library : perversities in the organization of knowledge, Melissa Adler
Instantiates
Publication
Note
LC copy 1 signed by author.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-215) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Mapping perversion : HQ71, etc.
  • 4.
  • Aberrations in the catalog
  • 5.
  • The trouble with access/toward reparative taxonomies
  • Epilogue.
  • Sadomasochism in the library
  • Preface
  • Introduction :
  • A book is being cataloged
  • 1.
  • Naming subjects : "paraphilias"
  • 2.
  • Labeling obscenity : the Delta Collection
  • 3.
Control code
960836480
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 223 pages
Isbn
9780823276363
Lccn
2016051405
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99971757798
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)960836480
Label
Cruising the library : perversities in the organization of knowledge, Melissa Adler
Publication
Note
LC copy 1 signed by author.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-215) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Mapping perversion : HQ71, etc.
  • 4.
  • Aberrations in the catalog
  • 5.
  • The trouble with access/toward reparative taxonomies
  • Epilogue.
  • Sadomasochism in the library
  • Preface
  • Introduction :
  • A book is being cataloged
  • 1.
  • Naming subjects : "paraphilias"
  • 2.
  • Labeling obscenity : the Delta Collection
  • 3.
Control code
960836480
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 223 pages
Isbn
9780823276363
Lccn
2016051405
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99971757798
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)960836480

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