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Whilst undoubtedly one of the most controversial but also most established issues in research and debate within the contemporary social and human sciences, as well as in cultural studies, work on 'identity' has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. The aim of this book is to provide a detailed analysis of those changes, by confronting the impact of both substantive challenges, concerning globalization, individualization and commodification, for instance, and theoretical developments, from within post-structuralism, psychoanalysis and post-feminism, for example, upon conceptions and formations identity in the current age. The main aim of this volume is to outline and interrogate the ways in which contemporary theoretical and substantive developments in our understanding of identity have played out across the major traditions of cultural and social theory ...

Heeding Piedade's Song: Feminism and Sublime Affinity
Heeding piedade's song: Feminism and sublime affinity
DrucillaCornell

In this chapter, I will pursue the ethical claim that in our struggle to build transnational feminist alliances, we must at times forsake the drive that we have to ‘know’ each other; if by knowledge we imply an objectifying relationship that allows us to securely place an object under the concept of reason. We are all familiar with the critiques of a certain strand of feminism that aspires to give us a new concept of woman, since such a concept would simply reinstate the rigid gender identities that have so effectively entrapped women and men. Indeed, some feminists have come to question whether the category of woman or even of gender is ...

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