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Theorizing Gender : An Introduction

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This accessible text aims to give a theoretical overview of approaches to gender. The book discusses the major theories concerned with the ways in which we a become engendereda , and explains and evaluates naturalist, psychoanalytic, materialist and post--structuralist accounts. Tensions between these different approaches are acknowledged , but stark polarities are resisted. Throughout the book it is recognized that becoming gendered implicates and is implicated by other aspects of social becoming. The work of Judith Butler is discussed in detail and its importance and limitations spelt out in key chapters on sexuality, the body, transgendering and political agency. Debates between a queera approaches to gender and those prioritizing sexual difference are also brought to the fore. Theorizing Gender aims to provide a framework for weaving together what are often viewed as opposing directions of thought. Students and researchers in sociology, philosophy and gender studies, and all those with an interest in gender will find it an invaluable resource.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 22mm | 439.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745619444
  • 9780745619446
  • 374,998

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"Theorizing Gender is an overview of the important debates to take place in gender since we began theorizing it. It is not only a trustworthy introduction for students but in its impartial approach and lucid prose it is also an exemplary contribution to these debates." Dr Jay Prosser, School of English, University of Leeds "This is a valuable and refreshingly clear exploration of some of the most discussed issues in feminist theory and philosophy, such as theories of gender and male domination, identity politics, subjectivity and agency, the relation between gender and sexuality, and the equality/difference debate. Especially valuable is the clear account of authors who discuss psychoanalytic theory, such as Judith Butler, Lacan and Foucault. The authors make an important contribution to gender studies with their new conceptualization of the bodily imaginary, as a way to bridge the gap between gender theory and sexual difference theory." Ann Ferguson, Professor of Philosophy and Womena s Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherstshow more

About Rachel Alsop

Dr Rachel Alsop, Gender Studies, University of Hull Dr. Annette FitzSimons, School of Social and Professional Studies, University of Lincoln and Humberside Dr. Kathleen Lennon, Philosophy , University of Hullshow more

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This accessible text aims to give a theoretical overview of approaches to gender. The book discusses the major theories concerned with the ways in which we 'become engendered', and explains and evaluates naturalist, psychoanalytic, materialist and post-structuralist accounts. Tensions between these different approaches are acknowledged, but stark polarities are resisted. Throughout the book it is recognized that becoming gendered implicates and is implicated by other aspects of social becoming. The work of Judith Butler is discussed in detail and its importance and limitations spelt out in key chapters on sexuality, the body, transgendering and political agency. Debates between 'queer' approaches to gender and those prioritizing sexual difference are also brought to the fore. Theorizing Gender aims to provide a framework for weaving together what are often viewed as opposing directions of thought. Students and researchers in sociology, philosophy and gender studies, and all those with an interest in gender will find it an invaluable resource.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Chapter One : Natural Women and Men. Chapter Two: Psychoanalysis and Gender. Chapter Three: The Social Construction of Gender. Chapter Four: Judith Butler; a The Queen of Queera . Chapter Five: Gender and Sexuality. Chapter Six: Theorising Men and Masculinities. Chapter Seven: Bodily Imaginaries. Chapter Eight: Sexual Difference. Chapter Nine: Borderlands and Gendered Homes. Chapter Ten: Gender and the Politics of Identity. Notes. Bibliography. Index.show more

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