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Postmodern Feminism: Butler
Postmodern feminism: Butler

In this chapter I will initially position strongly Postmodern feminism in relation to what we know so far and specifically in relation to identity politics and the issue of ‘essentialism’. To contextualise this discussion I will then move on to begin analysis of a particular Postmodern feminist writer, Judith Butler (extended in the next chapter), and finally sum up in preliminary fashion some debates on Postmodern feminist approaches. After this schematic overview, hopefully you will be in a better position to assess whether Martha Nussbaum was right to dismiss Butler's Postmodern feminism or not (see Chapter 3).

Setting the Scene: Increasing Problems with Identity Politics

I have previously distinguished two theoretical trajectories which particularly attend to questions of identity: the first involves ...

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