Taking a Stand in a Postfeminist World: Toward an Engaged Cultural Criticism

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Taking a Stand in a Postfeminist World offers an engaged cultural criticism in a postfeminist context. The authors argue for a cultural criticism that is strategic, not programmatic, and that preserves the multiple commitments, ideas, and positions required of interactions and identifications across lines of cultural, racial, and gender difference. Selecting sites where such interactions are highlighted and under current scrutiny - film, consumer culture, tourism, anthropology, and the academy - the authors ...
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Overview

Taking a Stand in a Postfeminist World offers an engaged cultural criticism in a postfeminist context. The authors argue for a cultural criticism that is strategic, not programmatic, and that preserves the multiple commitments, ideas, and positions required of interactions and identifications across lines of cultural, racial, and gender difference. Selecting sites where such interactions are highlighted and under current scrutiny - film, consumer culture, tourism, anthropology, and the academy - the authors theorize and demonstrate the struggles and maneuvers required to "take a stand" on a wide range of issues of significance to the contemporary cultural moment.
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Having collaborated on a book about the denaturalization of the body, Mascie-Lees (anthropology, Sarah Lawrence College) and Sharpe (Simon's Rock College of Bard) team up again to examine the contemporary postfeminist moment<-->in which the feminism of he 1970s is problematized, splintered, and considered suspect<-->and what it means to position oneself within it, which is no longer easy, fun, empowering, or even possible. Each of the 12 essays arises from a set of particular circumstances to engage in cultural criticism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791447154
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 On Shaky Ground: Shifting Terrain and the Predicaments of Postfeminism 3
Pt. I Shifting Stance: Strategic (Re)Positioning
2 The Postmodernist Turn in Anthropology: Cautions from a Feminist Perspective 19
3 The Anthropological Unconscious 43
Pt. II Taking a Seat at the Movies: Assessing Theories of Representation and Identification
4 An Oblique Look: Theorizing the "Other" as Spectator 57
5 Courting the Nineteenth Century: Object, Image, and Fetishistic Desire 79
6 Self-Help Hollywood Style: Masculinity, Masochism, and Identification with the Child Within 93
7 Piano Lessons: Jane Campion as (Counter)Ethnographer 103
Pt. III On Display: Style and (Ad)dress in Consumer Culture
8 The Female Body in Postmodern Consumer Culture: Subjection and Agency at the Mall 117
9 Arts and Crafts Mass Marketed 143
Pt. IV Taking a Stand: Subjects and (Dis)courses in the Academy
10 Body as Text: Young Women's Negotiations of Subjectivity 153
11 Interpreting Charges of Sexual Harassment: Competing Discourses and Claims 167
Conclusion
12 Locked In, Locked Out, or Locked Up? 191
Notes 203
References 217
Index 239
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