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Clare Hemmings

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Chapter 22: Sexuality, Subjectivity … and Political Economy?

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Sexuality, Subjectivity … and Political Economy?
Sexuality, subjectivity … and political economy?

In 2004, Mandy Merck asked cultural theorists to consider the relationship among ‘Sexuality, Subjectivity, and … Economics?’ anew, insisting quite rightly that the first and last terms continue to be posed – both within and outside of queer and feminist studies – as mutually exclusive. In her important piece, Merck sought to reconnect these terms by revisiting the debate about the ‘cultural’ or ‘economic’ nature of sexuality between Judith Butler (1997) and Nancy Fraser (1997) in Social Text, and by exploring more recent interventions, particularly those with a transnational focus. Yet while able to identify examples of their mutual entanglement, Merck admitted being unable to work out a consistent basis on which these terms ...

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