, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 92–109 | Cite as

Mixed orientations

  • Sara Ahmed
Original Article


This article thinks about mixed raceness as orientation drawing on personal experience, Black feminism and phenomenology. It argues that mixed orientations are not simply about what a body has, or even what a body can do, but involves a material and affective geography: affecting the way we gather, or ‘the we’ of a gathering: bodies, objects and worlds come together as well as break apart. This article in offering a queer and mixed genealogy gives a different angle on how whiteness is reproduced.


bodies genealogy orientation phenomenology space whiteness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Ahmed
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  1. 1.Department of Media and CommunicationsGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK

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