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Insurgent Truth

Nonfiction: Politics & Current Events
Unabridged   6.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/03/2019

Insurgent Truth

Chelsea Manning and the Politics of Outsider Truth Telling

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684575558
Digital Download ISBN:9781684575541


Insurgent Truth suggests that Chelsea Manning's actions offer a productive example of democratic truth-telling for all of us.

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When Chelsea Manning was arrested in May 2010 for leaking massive amounts of classified Army and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, she was almost immediately profiled by the mainstream press as a troubled person: someone who had experienced harassment due to her sexual orientation and gender non-conformity, and who leaked documents not on behalf of the public good, but out of motives of personal revenge or, as suggested in the New York Times, "delusions of grandeur."

Insurgent Truth argues for seeing Manning's example differently: as an act of what the book terms "outsider truth-telling." Bringing Manning's truth-telling into conversation with democratic, feminist, and queer theory, the book argues that outsider truth-tellers such as Manning tell or enact unsettling truths from a position of social illegibility. Challenging the social alignment of credibility with gendered, classed, and raced traits, outsider truth-tellers reveal oppression and violence that the dominant class would otherwise not see. Read as outsider truth-telling, the book argues that Manning's acts were not aimed at curbing corporate or governmental bad acts, but instead at transforming public discourse and agency, and inciting a solidaristic public. The book suggests that Manning's actions offer a productive example of democratic truth-telling for all of us.


"Lida Maxell's Insurgent Truth is an extraordinary book, and timely, because it creatively and thoughtfully uses the example of Chelsea Manning to re-imagine 'the politics of truth.'" —George Shulman, author of American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture

Author Bio

Lida Maxwell is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Boston University. She is the author of Public Trials: Burke, Zola, Arendt, and the Politics of Lost Causes.