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Destabilizing Theory Michele Barrett

Destabilizing Theory By Michele Barrett

Destabilizing Theory by Michele Barrett


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In the past "women" have been radically undermined, and newer concerns with "difference", "identity", and "power" have emerged. This text explores these developments in a set of specially commissioned essays by feminist theorists.

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Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates by Michele Barrett

In the past decade the central principles of western feminist theory have been dramatically challenged. many feminists have endorsed post-structuralism's rejection of essentialist theoretical categories, and have added a powerful gender dimension to contemporary critiques of modernity. Earlier 'women' have been radically undermined, and newer concerns with 'difference', 'identity', and 'power' have emerged. Destabilizing Theory explores these developments in a set of specially commissioned essays by feminist theorists. Does this change amount to a real shift within feminist theory, or will feminism's links with an emancipatory modernism reinstate an older political agenda? Can we transcend the common counterposition of equality and difference, or is feminism condemned to argue within the terms of this binary opposition?

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"Feminist scholars in the United States should find this volume very exciting, since many of the essays organize and make available a great deal of scholarly work from Europe and Australia. . . . Several pieces provide valuable summations of the strengths and weaknesses characteristic of earlier approaches to feminist theorizing; other pieces suggest new approaches designed to avoid previsou methodological shortcomings. Some of the papers may well be landmarks for the 1990s."-Alison Jaggar, University of Colorado

Table of Contents

List of plates; Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction Mich?le Barrett and Anne Phillips; 2. Universal pretensions in political thought Anne Phillips; 3. Post-post-modernism? theorizing social complexity Sylvia Walby; 4. 'Women's interests' and the post-structuralist state Rosemary Pringle and Sophie Watson; 5. Feminist encounters: locating the politics of experience Chandra Talpade Mohanty; 6. Sexual practice and changing lesbian identities Biddy Martin; 7. Power, bodies and difference Moira Gatens; 8. Painting, feminism, history Griselda Pollock; 9. The politics of translation Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; 10. Words and things: materialism and method in contemporary feminist analysis Mich?le Barrett; Index.

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CIN0804720312G
9780804720311
0804720312
Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates by Michele Barrett
Used - Good
Paperback
Stanford University Press
1992-06-30
236
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