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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

Becoming Respectably Heterosexual
Becoming respectably heterosexual

This chapter explores how the women become heterosexual. It examines how processes of recognition (non and mis-recognition), identification, disidentification and dissimulation produce subjectivity. Its central focus is how the category of respectability mediates positionings and responses to sexuality. It argues that the material and institutional are central components in the construction of a sexual subjectivity. Whereas the women were marginalized by class they should be normalized by heterosexuality (as none constructed an oppositional political identity from it during the research) yet they are not. This is because of the historical association of heterosexuality with respectability and dangerous perverse sexuality with Black and White working-class women and the lesbian. The chapter explores how the association of lesbianism with sex would make ...

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