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Griselda Pollock

In: The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis

Chapter 12: Feminism and Culture: Theoretical Perspectives

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Feminism and Culture: Theoretical Perspectives
Feminism and culture: Theoretical perspectives

Women are feminism's greatest problem. Rosalind Delmar, What is Feminism?, 1986

Feminism has always been a contested site, struggling with internal contradictions around class, sexuality and ‘race’ that fracture and differentiate the necessary, but problematic, calling card of gender. Changing theorizations of culture have enabled us to think about women's historical place in culture, women's differential relations to language and identity, women's specific experience and construction of subjectivity and sexuality, and the cultural construction of femininities as discursive, psychic and social positions. As the epigraph by Rosalind Delmar makes plain, however, in the very act of identifying ‘women’ as a subject of a specific domain of cultural analysis, that term unravels to become the core problem of ...

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