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Explanations of how identities are constructed are fundamental to contemporary debates in feminism and in cultural and social theory. Formations of Class & Gender demonstrates why class should be featured more prominently in theoretical accounts of gender, identity and power. Beverley Skeggs identifies the neglect of class, and shows how class and gender must be fused together to produce an accurate representation of power relations in modern society. The book questions how theoretical frameworks are generated for understanding how women live and produce themselves through social and cultural relations. It uses detailed ethnographic research to explain how ‘real’ women inhabit and occupy the social and cultural posit

Developing and Monitoring a Caring Self
Developing and monitoring a caring self

Belief systems concerning the self should not be construed as inhabiting a diffuse field of ‘culture’, but as embodied in institutional and technical practices – through which forms of individuality are specified and governed. The history of the self should be written at this ‘technological’ level, in terms of the techniques and evaluations for developing, evaluating, perfecting, managing the self, the ways it is rendered into words, made visible, inspected, judged and reformed. (Rose, 1989: 218)

This chapter charts what Foucault (1988) defines as technological practices by examining the processes by which the caring self is produced through the negotiation and performances of subject positions given by the organization of the caring courses and the ...

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