Volatile Bodies

Author: Elizabeth A. Grosz
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253208620
Format: PDF, ePub
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"The location of the author's investigations, the body itself rather than the sphere of subjective representations of self and of function in cultures, is wholly new.... I believe this work will be a landmark in future feminist thinking." —Alphonso Lingis "This is a text of rare erudition and intellectual force. It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but sets a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the status of the body." —Judith Butler Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: biology or nature is not opposed to or in conflict with culture. Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural "origin" outside of culture. Being the raw material of social and cultural organization, it is "incomplete" and thus subject to the endless rewriting and social inscription that constitute all sign systems. Examining the theories of Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, etc. on the subject of the body, Elizabeth Grosz concludes that the body they theorize is male. These thinkers are not providing an account of "human" corporeality but of male corporeality. Grosz then turns to corporeal experiences unique to women—menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, menopause. Her examination of female experience lays the groundwork for developing theories of sexed corporeality rather than merely rectifying flawed models of male theorists.

Erkenntnis und Methode

Author: Brigitte Aulenbacher
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3531186744
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Gesellschaftliche Umbrüche lassen auch wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse, Kategorien, Zugänge, Methoden und Verfahren fraglich werden. In solchen Zeiten ist die Wissenschaft besonders gefordert, sich kritisch und selbstkritisch des erreichten Stands der Dinge zu vergewissern. Auch gilt es, nach neuen Wegen der Erkenntnis zu suchen. Renommierte GeschlechterforscherInnen stellen sich hier dieser Herausforderung. Es schreiben Nina Baur, Regina Becker-Schmidt, Raewyn Connell, Mechthild Bereswill, Bettina Dausien, Melanie Groß und Gabriele Winker, Carol Hagemann-White, Jeff Hearn, Karin Jurczyk und Maria S. Rerrich, Gudrun-Axeli Knapp, Ellen Kuhlmann und Christa Larsen, Edelgard Kutzner, Sigrid Metz-Göckel, Michael Meuser, Sylvia M. Wilz und Ilka Peppmeier.

Assuming a Body

Author: Gayle Salamon
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231521707
Format: PDF
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We believe we know our bodies intimately that their material reality is certain and that this certainty leads to an epistemological truth about sex, gender, and identity. By exploring and giving equal weight to transgendered subjectivities, however, Gayle Salamon upends these certainties. Considering questions of transgendered embodiment via phenomenology (Maurice Merleau-Ponty), psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud and Paul Ferdinand Schilder), and queer theory, Salamon advances an alternative theory of normative and non-normative gender, proving the value and vitality of trans experience for thinking about embodiment. Salamon suggests that the difference between transgendered and normatively gendered bodies is not, in the end, material. Rather, she argues that the production of gender itself relies on a disjunction between the "felt sense" of the body and an understanding of the body's corporeal contours, and that this process need not be viewed as pathological in nature. Examining the relationship between material and phantasmatic accounts of bodily being, Salamon emphasizes the productive tensions that make the body both present and absent in our consciousness and work to confirm and unsettle gendered certainties. She questions traditional theories that explain how the body comes to be and comes to be made one's own and she offers a new framework for thinking about what "counts" as a body. The result is a groundbreaking investigation into the phenomenological life of gender.

Das andere Geschlecht

Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644051615
Format: PDF, Docs
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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.

Helene Cixous

Author: Abigail Bray
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137148721
Format: PDF, ePub
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Abigail Bray offers a lucid and accessible introduction to Hélène Cixous and her theorisation of writing and sexual difference. This book explores the context of feminist debates surrounding Cixous's work and provides a concise explanation of her major philosophical and literary concepts, including the 'other bisexuality', the 'third body', and l'écriture feminine. Bray demonstrates, through original and provocative readings of texts by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Clarice Lispector and Angela Carter, the creative potential of Cixous's thought on literature and philosophy. Reading Cixous alongside Nietzsche, Heidegger, Deleuze and Derrida, Bray argues for a recognition of Cixous as one of the important thinkers of our times.

Feminist Methodology

Author: Caroline Ramazanoglu
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761951229
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Who would be a feminist now? Contemporary 'political realism' suggests that the essentials of the battle have already been won, and the current generation of women entering University is used to seeing feminism presented as 'old fashioned', 'extreme' and 'unrealistic'. Challenging such assumptions, this important new book argues for the value of empirical investigations of gendered life, and brings together the theoretical, political and practical aspects of feminist methodology. Feminist Methodology: a- demonstrates how feminist approaches to methodology engage with debates in western philosophy to raise critical questions about knowledge production; b- shows that feminist methodology has a distinctive place in social research; c- guides the reader through the terrain of feminist methodology and clarifies how feminists can claim knowledge of gendered social existence; and d- connects abstract issues of theory with issues in fieldwork practice." -- Back cover.

Sexy Bodies

Author: Paula-Irene Villa
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531934155
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In diesem Einführungsbuch werden aktuelle soziologische (handlungstheoretische, phänomenologische und diskurstheoretische) sowie feministische Perspektiven auf den Körper rekonstruiert. Bei der synthetischen Zusammenführung geht es vor allem um eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Erträgen, Grenzen und Verkürzungen der jeweiligen Perspektive, insbesondere um das gesellschaftstheoretische Defizit gegenwärtiger (sozial-)konstruktivistischer Analysen.