With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.

Feminism and Culture: Theoretical Perspectives

Feminism and Culture: Theoretical Perspectives

Feminism and culture: Theoretical perspectives

Women are feminism's greatest problem. Rosalind Delmar, What is Feminism?, 1986

Feminism has always been a contested site, struggling with internal contradictions around class, sexuality and ‘race’ that fracture and differentiate the necessary, but problematic, calling card of gender. Changing theorizations of culture have enabled us to think about women's historical place in culture, women's differential relations to language and identity, women's specific experience and construction of subjectivity and sexuality, and the cultural construction of femininities as discursive, psychic and social positions. As the epigraph by Rosalind Delmar makes plain, however, in the very act of identifying ‘women’ as a subject of a specific domain of cultural analysis, that term unravels to become the core problem of ...

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