Family Bonds

Family Bonds : Genealogies of Race and Gender

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Ellen Feder's monograph is an attempt to think about the categories of race and gender together. She explains and then employs some critical tools derived from Foucault (particularly his ideas about systems of knowledge and the power that governs them), in order to advance her main argument: that the institution of the family is the locus of the production of gender and race, and that gender is best understood as a function of a "disciplinary" power that operates within the family, while race is the function of a "regulatory" power acting upon the family from outside. Her interdisciplinary work will be of interest to feminist philosophers and theorists because it plays into a recent expansion of interest in the family, as well as to literary scholars of Foucault, to scholars of race and race theory, and to other feminist scholars in political science, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195314743
  • 9780195314748

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"Intersectionality is all the rage, but it lacks an overarching theory that would genuinely elucidate (rather than merely gesture at) the ways we develop as both raced and gendered beings. In this provocative Foucauldian treatment, Ellen Feder makes a challenging case that--albeit in different ways, through 'biopower' and 'discipline'--the family should be seen as the key site for the production of both."--Charles Mills, John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University
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About Ellen K. Feder

Ellen K. Feder teaches philosophy at American University. She lives in Washington, DC with her partner and son.
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Table of contents

1. Foucaultian Method: A New Tale to Tell; 2. The Family in the Tower: The Triumph of Levittown and the Production of a New Whiteness; 3. Boys Will Be Boys: Disciplinary Power and the Production of Gender; 4. Of Monkeys and Men: Biopower and the Production of Race; 5. Thinking Gender, Thinking Race
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