Gender and Agency

Author: Lois McNay
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745667872
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This book reassesses theories of agency and gender identity against the backdrop of changing relations between men and women in contemporary societies. McNay argues that recent thought on the formation of the modern subject offers a one-sided or negative account of agency, which underplays the creative dimension present in the responses of individuals to changing social relations. An understanding of this creative element is central to a theory of autonomous agency, and also to an explanation of the ways in which women and men negotiate changes within gender relations. In exploring the implications of this idea of agency for a theory of gender identity, McNay brings together the work of leading feminist theorists - such as Judith Butler and Nancy Fraser - with the work of key continental social theorists. In particular, she examines the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Paul Ricoeur and Cornelius Castoriadis, each of whom has explored different aspects of the idea of the creativity of action. McNay argues that their thought has interesting implications for feminist ideas of gender, but these have been relatively neglected partly because of the huge influence of the work of Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan in this area. She argues that, despite its suggestive nature, feminist theory must move away from the ideas of Foucault and Lacan if a more substantive account of agency is to be introduced into ideas of gender identity. This book will appeal to students and scholars in the areas of social theory, gender studies and feminist theory.

Feministische Philosophie

Author: Herta Nagl-Docekal
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3105610049
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Orientierender Überblick und kritische Zwischenbilanz – eine Untersuchung des State of the Art Feministischer Philosophie von Herta Nagl-Docekal, die erstmals im Jahr 2000 erschien. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)

Sozialtheorie

Author: Hans Joas
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518732129
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Dieses Buch gibt einen einzigartigen Überblick über die Entwicklung der Sozialtheorie von 1945 bis heute. Nach einer ausführlichen Behandlung des Versuchs von Talcott Parsons, das Erbe der Klassiker Weber und Durkheim zu einer Synthese zusammenzuführen, werden die produktiven Widerstände gegen diesen Versuch (etwa Rational Choice und Symbolischer Interaktionismus) dargestellt. Danach geht es um die großen neuen Syntheseentwürfe seit etwa 1970 (Habermas, Luhmann, Giddens), aber auch um die kritische Fortführung der Modernisierungstheorie (Eisenstadt), Strukturalismus, Poststrukturalismus, Antistrukturalismus (Touraine), Feminismus, neue Diagnosen einer Krise der Moderne, den Neopragmatismus und die wichtigsten Aufgaben gegenwärtiger Arbeit. Das Buch behält den Duktus von Vorlesungen bei und liegt nun in einer aktualisierten Neuauflage vor. Eine vorzügliche Einführung für Studierende und fachfremde Leser.

Women Gender and Enlightenment

Author: B. Taylor
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230554806
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Did women have an Enlightenment? This path-breaking volume of interdisciplinary essays by forty leading scholars provides a detailed picture of the controversial, innovative role played by women and gender issues in the age of light.

Gender Agency and Coercion

Author: S. Madhok
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137295619
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Drawing on recent feminist discussions, this collection critically reassesses ideas about agency, exploring the relationship between agency and coercion in greater depth and across a range of disciplinary perspectives and ethical contexts.

Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity

Author: S. Budgeon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230319874
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This book critically assessesthird-wave feminist strategies for advancing a feminist 'politics of the self' within the late modern, postfeminist gender order – a context where gender equality has been mainstreamed, feminism has been dismissed, and a neoliberal culture of self-management has become firmly entrenched.

Social Theory in Contemporary Asia

Author: Ann Brooks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113695743X
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Philosophical debates around individualization and the implications for intimacy, reflexivity and identity have occupied a central part of social and cultural theorizing in the West in the last decade. In fact, late modernity has become conspicuously engaged with issues of intimacy, reflexivity and identity. The author analyses the relevance of these debates in the context of contemporary Asia and combines an analysis of significant social theorists including Beck, Giddens, Bourdieu, McNay, Adkins, and Ong with an application of these debates to social, political and cultural contexts. Drawing on empirical research, case studies, global reports, media and academic literature, the book provides a relevant, wide-ranging and contemporary analysis of the debates on Asian culture and society. In the Foreword to the book Bryan Turner comments: ‘Professor Brooks shows consequently that the intimate and emotional cultures that have been described by Anthony Giddens and Ulrich Beck with respect to the West have not arrived in Asia or at least that they have not become visible and permanent aspects of the social landscape.’

Prek re Transformationen

Author: Ulla Bock
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag
ISBN: 9783835301283
Format: PDF
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*Weitere Angaben Verfasser: Die Herausgeberinnen Ulla Bock, Studium der Sozialpädagogik, Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie; Geschäftsführerin der Zentraleinrichtung zur Förderung von Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung an der FU Berlin. Irene Dölling, Studium der Philosophie und Bibliothekswissenschaft; seit 1994 Professorin für Frauenforschung und Soziologie der Geschlechterverhältnisse an der Universität Potsdam. Beate Krais ist Professorin für Soziologie an der TU Darmstadt

Technologies of Sexiness

Author: Adrienne Evans
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019020494X
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Key cultural shifts have enabled a "new sexualization" of women. Neoliberal, consumerist, and postfeminist media culture have shaped ways of understanding female sexuality, embodied by the figure of the choosing, empowered, entrepreneurial consumer citizen-woman, whose economic capital determines feminine success (and failure). Informed by older constructs of privilege such as class, sexuality, race and (dis)ability, this version of sexiness also constrains by folding contemporary femininity back into previous panics about youth, excess, "bad" consumption, and appropriate feminine behavior In Technologies of Sexiness, Adrienne Evans and Sarah Riley identify how current understandings of sexiness in public life and academic discourse have produced a "doubled stagnation," cycling around old debates without forward momentum. Developing a theoretical and methodological framework, they expand on the notion of a "technology of sexiness." They ask what happens and what is lost when people make sense of themselves within the complexities and contradictions of consumer-oriented constructs of sexiness. How do these discourses come to "transform the self"? This book provides a framework for understanding how women make sense of their sexual identities in the context of a feminization of sexual consumerism. The authors analyze material collected with two groups of women: the "pleasure pursuers" and "functioning feminists," who broadly occupy positions across the pre- and post-Thatcher eras, and the changes brought about by the feminist movement. As one of the first book-length empirical studies to explore age-related femininities in the context of what "sexiness" means today, the authors develop a series of insights into various "technologies of the self" through analyses of space, nostalgia, and claims to authentic sexiness.

Das andere Geschlecht

Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644051615
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Das berühmte Standardwerk von Simone de Beauvoir. Die universelle Standortbestimmung der Frau, die aus jahrtausendealter Abhängigkeit von männlicher Vorherrschaft ausgebrochen ist, hat nichts an Gültigkeit eingebüßt. Die Scharfsichtigkeit der grundlegenden Analyse tritt in der Neuübersetzung noch deutlicher hervor.