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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

Ambivalent Femininities
Ambivalent femininities

Recognition is a significant moment in the construction of subjectivity. This chapter asks how do the women recognize themselves as feminine subjects. It explores the historical emergence of the category femininity and explores how the legacies of this historical production remain. Femininity is examined in its contemporary manifestations through the processes by which the women mediate textually produced femininity. It investigates how the women take up, try on and discard positions of femininity in order to make investments in the circuits of exchange in which they are located. The use to which femininity as appearance is put to make performances and to masquerade is analysed. Issues of glamour and desirability are explored as the means by which the material and semiotic are ...

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