Subjected as they are to strenuous historicizing, contextualizing, post-structuralist theorizing, ambiguating, and "problematizing," these somewhat slender writings, at once didactic and pleasurable to the common-sense reader, exemplify and embody contradictory "discourses," portray a world suspended uncertainly between fiction and fact or between affirmation and subversion of the established power structures, and reveal their authors as ventriloquists or equivocators
, and sometimes as being more of the devil's party than they know or can acknowledge.
adopt ambiguous strategies where they fail to emphasize any of the strategy dimensions mentioned.
A stern taskmaster with little sympathy for equivocators
and backsliders, 69-year-old Sister Helen comes off as a benign tyrant in her operation of Travis Center, a neighborhood halfway house.
It was incredible to see anti-death penalty commentators apologizing constantly, always having to blither "of course no one condones his actions"--as though arguing for life imprisonment made one the squishiest, most bleeding-heart of moral equivocators
This accidental betrayal not only contrasts with the willfully treasonous betrayal that Kingsley associates with Catholic equivocators
, but also results in a specific kind of legal mistake, namely a mistake of jurisdiction.