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Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse (RLE Feminist Theory)

Edited By

Rosemary Hennessy

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ISBN 9780415635714
Published October 11, 2012 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse confronts the impasses in materialist feminist work on rethinking ‘woman’ as a discursively constructed subject. The book looks at the problem of examining critically the social dimensions on which theories of discourse are premised: how such theories understand ‘materiality’; the relation between ‘women’s experience’ and feminist politics, and that between history and discourse. Rosemary Hennessy considers the work of Kristeva, Foucault, Laclau and Mouffe, and argues for a materialist feminist re-articulation of discourse as ideology. Concerns over identity and difference are incorporated into a rewriting of materialist feminism's analysis of women's oppression across capitalist and patriarchal structures. In adapting postmodernist theories in this way, Hennessy develops a project of social change, where feminism, while maintaining its specificity, is necessarily aligned with other emancipatory movements.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.  Introduction.  1. Materialist Feminism in the Postmodern Academy: Toward a Global Social Analytic  2. The Materiality of Discourse: Feminism and Post-Marxism  3. The Feminist Standpoint, Discourse and Authority: From Women’s Lives to Ideology Critique  4. New Woman, New History.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index.

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