Psychoanalytic Feminism

Psychoanalytic feminism is an interdisciplinary knowledge practice. It draws on the theorizations of sex and gender as found in psychoanalysis, feminist, and queer bodies of thought, as well as a critical understanding of their intersection. Given that psychoanalysis focuses on the internal, personal, and intersubjective (and feminism on action, thought, and the social), psychoanalytic feminism is necessarily a hybrid endeavor. It sees categories of mind in their cultural and historical contexts while viewing the social as both infused with and infusing the psyche; at their nexus are hierarchical structures and processes that have been theorized as crucial to the deployment and maintenance of patriarchal and class institutions (e.g., hegemony and interpellation).

At the same time, the practices of psychoanalytic feminism are found in two principal discursive ...

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