By Moya Lloyd
Contemporary debates in modern feminist concept were ruled by way of the relation among identification and politics. past identification Politics examines the results of contemporary theorizing on distinction, id and subjectivity for theories of patriarchy and feminist politics. Organised round the 3 critical topics of subjectivity, energy and politics, this ebook makes a speciality of a query which feminists struggled with and have been divided by means of during the final decade, that's: the right way to theorize the relation among the topic and politics. during this considerate engagement with those debates Moya Lloyd argues that the flip to the topic in procedure doesn't entail the death of feminist politics as many feminists have argued. She demonstrates how key principles resembling supplier, energy and domination tackle a brand new form by reason of this radical rethinking of the subject-politics relation and the way the function of feminist political concept turns into concentrated upon critique.A source for feminist theorists, women's and gender experiences scholars, in addition to political and social theorists, this can be a rigorously composed and wide-ranging textual content, which supplies very important insights into one in all modern feminism's such a lot important matters.
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To proclaim that one has simply decided to be gay for the day would be incomprehensible in terms of this dominant idiom. It would make no sense. : 774). Using these discourses within a particular cultural and historical moment, the subject fashions or constructs (albeit unwittingly perhaps) a lesbian self. Lesbian subjectivity is the product of the practices and discourses that name it, not a substance or an essence that exists prior to, or is the author of, those practices and discourses. There is no lesbian self as such to liberate from the confines of heteronormativity, only a self that is a tangible product of that normativity.
18 This mode of subjectification is hinted at in accounts of the constituted subject (say, in Foucault’s discussion of the ‘sexualized’ subject constituted through successive confessions) but the process is not made explicit. qxd 15/03/2005 14:24 Page 33 re-imagining the feminist subject how transformations – both recuperative and subversive – may occur. 19 I explore this argument in more detail in Chapters 5 and 7. 20 This subject is a fluid, rather than a fragmented subject. This means that the subject is in-process, but not psychologically broken or shattered.
19 I explore this argument in more detail in Chapters 5 and 7. 20 This subject is a fluid, rather than a fragmented subject. This means that the subject is in-process, but not psychologically broken or shattered. For further discussion, see Flax (1993: 93, 101–3). 21 I explore the question of feminist identity politics in the next chapter. 22 It is perhaps because it acknowledges the insecure foundations of identity that psychoanalysis is frequently combined with poststructuralist insights in some recent rethinking of the subject.