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Elspeth Probyn

In: The SAGE Handbook of Sociology

Chapter 30: Sex and Power: Capillaries, Capabilities and Capacities

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Sex and Power: Capillaries, Capabilities and Capacities
Sex and power: Capillaries, capabilities and capacities

Sex and power: what could be more compelling, and immediate? A once radical, now seemingly mandatory term within sociology and feminism, does the pairing of sex and power need rethinking? In theory, as in practice, the conjoining of sex and power reveals the intricacy of how subjectivities are ordered and identities regulated. By linking sex with power it becomes possible to foreground routes of power that continually cross the macro, the micro, the structural and the subjective, differentially articulating the social, the cultural and the economic.

While the question of sex and power is of crucial importance to sociology, in this chapter I argue that the dominant ways in which it is framed ...

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