Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity

Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity

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Addressing central questions in the debate about Foucault's usefulness for politics, including his rejection of universal norms, his conception of power and power-knowledge, his seemingly contradictory position on subjectivity and his resistance to using identity as a political category, McLaren argues that Foucault employs a conception of embodied subjectivity that is well-suited for feminism. She applies Foucault's notion of practices of the self to contemporary feminist practices, such as consciousness-raising and autobiography, and concludes that the connection between self-transformation and social transformation that Foucault theorizes as the connection between subjectivity and institutional and social norms is crucial for contemporary feminist theory and politics.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 340g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791455149
  • 9780791455142
  • 877,856

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"Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity remains invaluable for its rendering of a thoroughgoing account of feminist theorists' interaction with Foucault through the late 1990s." -- Foucault Studies "Engaging, clearly written, and well-argued, this book provides comprehensive and insightful overviews of much of the critical literature on Foucault. The author offers a sympathetic but not dogmatic reading of Foucault, giving careful reconstructions of some of his most important texts/arguments, and extends his ideas in interesting ways." -- Amy Allen, author of The Power of Feminist Theory: Domination, Resistance, Solidarity "This is one of the strongest and best-informed defenses of Foucault's continued usefulness to recent feminist debates. McLaren knows the territory well and addresses squarely the difficult issues. An impressive achievement." -- Thomas R. Flynn, author of Sartre, Foucault and Historical Reason, vol. 1, Toward an Existentialist Theory of History
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About Margaret A. McLaren

Margaret A. McLaren is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of Women's Studies at Rollins College.
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