Alteridade e interseccionalidade: reflexões sobre a velhice no tempo da COVID-19

  • Sonia Kruks Oberlin College
Palavras-chave: alteridade, Beauvoir, COVID-19, idade, interseccionalidade, Teoria Feminista, velhice


Este artigo parte da descoberta da própria autora, durante a epidemia de COVID, de que havia se tornado uma pessoa “velha”. O artigo examina as formas como os velhos estão sujeitos a modos distintos de alteridade e exclusão social, bem como ao que Simone de Beauvoir (em La Viellesse – A Velhice) chama de “conspiração do silêncio” na sociedade ocidental contemporânea. Tal exame se amplia para documentar como essa conspiração geral do silêncio também permeou durante muito tempo o feminismo e continua a permear a teoria feminista. É especialmente surpreendente – e preocupante – que as considerações sobre a velhice estejam de todo ausentes das atuais análises interseccionais de outras formas importantes de opressão, como gênero, raça e classe. Se a teoria feminista quiser cumprir eficazmente a sua missão, como corpo de teoria crítica que se relaciona com as opressões atuais e informa práticas políticas resistentes, então precisa urgentemente ampliar a sua missão para examinar a velhice. Pois a velhice é ao mesmo tempo uma posição social opressiva em si mesma e um lugar em que múltiplas outras opressões se cruzam. Além disso, ignorar a velhice dificulta o próprio trabalho teórico sobre questões vitais como vulnerabilidade, poder, justiça, liberdade e possíveis fundamentos para a solidariedade política.


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Biografia do Autor

Sonia Kruks, Oberlin College

Biografia da autora:
Ocupa a cadeira Robert S. Danforth de Política na Faculdade do Oberlin College, Estados Unidos da América.  Seus interesses de pesquisa estão nas interseções da fenomenologia existencial com o feminismo e outras teorias políticas. É autora de Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity (Oxford University Press, 2012), Retrieving Experience: Subjectivity and Recognition in Feminist Politics (Cornell University Press, 2001, 2018), Situation and Human Existence: Freedom, Subjectivity and Society (Unwin Hyman/Routledge, 1990, 2019), Political Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty (Harvester Press/Humanities Press, 1981). Ela atua no Conselho Consultivo da Simone de Beauvoir Studies e no Conselho Editorial de Sartre Studies International.


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Como Citar
Kruks, S. (2024). Alteridade e interseccionalidade: reflexões sobre a velhice no tempo da COVID-19. Virtuajus, 8(15), 19-35.