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Gudrun-Axeli Knapp & Adrian Wilding

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 83: Constellations of Critical Theory and Feminist Critique

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Constellations of Critical Theory and Feminist Critique
Constellations of Critical Theory and Feminist Critique
Gudrun-Axeli Knapp Adrian Wilding
Introduction

Famously, feminist theory and gender research, which emerged from the feminist movement and the issues it raised, could not easily be connected with existing theoretical traditions. Gender relations – as fundamental ideas and as empirical phenomena – were either completely erased, regarded as subordinate to the analysis of society, or were polarized and affirmed in a functionalistic manner as complementary role-differences. There was and still is a tendency to restrict the concept of gender relations to intimate relations and the family rather than taking a comprehensive view of cultural constructions of difference and the gender-mediated structuring of society as a whole. ...

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