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Insurgent Truth: Chelsea Manning and the Politics of Outsider Truth-Telling

Lida Maxwell


Insurgent Truth argues for the importance of outsider truth-telling to democratic politics and reads Chelsea Manning as an important contemporary outsider truth-teller. Outsider truth-tellers such as Manning tell or enact unsettling truths from a position of social illegibility. Often dismissed as in-credible by their societies, this book argues that their acts and writings reveal problems with dominant models of truth and truth-telling in politics, which often look to truth to offer a prepolitical stable common ground and align credibility with gendered, classed, and raced traits. Focusing on ... More

Keywords: truth, democracy, Chelsea Manning, outsider truth-telling, Virginia Woolf, Bayard Rustin, anonymity, leaking, trans*

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190920029
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190920029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lida Maxwell, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston University