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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.

Agency and Resistance
Agency and resistance

Commenting on the work of Sandra Bartky, Lois McNay states that an over-emphasis on the disciplinary nature of power leads her ‘to make the problematic assumption that women are simply passive victims of systems of patriarchal domination’ (1992: 36). Women's agency is effaced; their negotiation of gendered identity and practices of femininity occluded; and they are presented, instead, as creatures upon which gender stamps its imprint. ‘[N]o explanation of how individuals may act in an autonomous and creative fashion despite overarching social constraints’ is offered here (McNay, 1992: 12). Similarly, discussing the ‘Death of Man’1 Seyla Benhabib observes that ‘Along with this dissolution of the subject into yet “another position in language” disappears of course concepts of intentionality, accountability, self-reflexivity, ...

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