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Recent debates in contemporary feminist theory have been dominated by the relation between identity and politics. Beyond Identity Politics examines the implications of recent theorizing on difference, identity and subjectivity for theories of patriarchy and feminist politics. Organised around the three central themes of subjectivity, power and politics, this book focuses on a question which feminists struggled with and were divided by throughout the last decade, that is: how to theorize the relation between the subject and politics. In this thoughtful engagement with these debates Moya Lloyd argues that the turn to the subject in process does not entail the demise of feminist politics as many feminists have argued. She demonstrates how key ideas such as agency, power and domination take on a new shape as a consequence of this radical rethinking of the subject-politics relation and how the role of feminist political theory becomes centred upon critique.A resource for feminist theorists, women's and gender studies students, as well as political and social theorists, this is a carefully composed and wide-ranging text, which provides important insights into one of contemporary feminism's most central concerns.

Introduction: The Subject and Politics
Introduction: The subject and politics

This book began with a puzzle. In the early 1990s, reading about the potential relation between Foucault and feminism, I kept encountering the claim that if I, as a feminist, used Foucault I was ‘untrue’, somehow, to my feminist politics. I was endangering that politics in some way. Intuitively I experienced this charge as unconvincing. Foucault's idea that resistance to power operates in a multiplicity of local, ‘microphysical’, and dispersed ways allowed me to explain much of the feminist politics I saw around me and read about. This feminist politics was, to paraphrase Vicky Randall, often ad hoc, based on brief campaigns with a local focus, bolstered by a rough and ready organization, and frequently orchestrated ...

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