Unruly Practices

Unruly Practices : Power, Discourse and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory

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"Unruly Practices" brings together a series of widely discussed essays in feminism and social theory. Read together, they constitute a critical encounter with leading European and American approaches to social theory. In addition, Nancy Fraser develops a socialist-feminist critical theory that aims to overcome many of the limitations of current alternatives. First, in a series of critical essays, she deploys philosophical and literary techniques to sort the wheat from the chaff in the work of Michael Foucault, the French deconstructionists, Richard Rorty and Jurgen Habermas. In a group of constructive essays, she incorporates their respective strengths in a critical theory of late-capitalist political culture. Fraser methodologically integrates the previously divergent insights of poststructuralism, critical social theory, feminist theory and pragmatism. Thematically, she deals with varied forms of dominance and subordination in modern, industrial, late-capitalist societies - especially gender dominance and subordination; state-bureaucratic forms of organization; the institutional politics of knowledge and expertise; and the structure and function of social-welfare programs. In the last section of the book, these themes are integrated in an original theory of "the politics of need interpretation". This concept becomes the linchpin of the socialist-feminist critical theory proposed in the last chapter.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745603904
  • 9780745603902

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Part 1 Powers, norms and vocabularies of contestation: Foucault on modern power - empirical insights and normative confusions; Michael Foucault - a "young conservative?"; Foucault's body language - a posthumanist political rhetoric?. Part 2 On the political and the symbolic: the French Derrideans - politicizing deconstruction or deconstructing the political?; solidarity or singularity? Richard Rorty between romanticism and technocracy. Part 3 Gender and the politics of need interpretation: what's critical about critical theory? the case of Habermas and gender; women, welfare and the politics of need interpretation; struggle over needs - outline of a socialist-feminist critical theory of late capitalist political culture.show more

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