Theorizing Gender: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

This accessible text aims to give a theoretical overview of approaches to gender. The book discusses the major theories concerned with the ways in which we 'become engendered', and explains and evaluates naturalist, psychoanalytic, materialist and post-structuralist accounts.

Tensions between these different approaches are acknowledged , but stark polarities are resisted. Throughout the book it is recognized that becoming gendered implicates and is implicated by other aspects of social becoming. The work of Judith Butler is discussed in detail and its importance and limitations spelt out in key chapters on sexuality, the body, transgendering and political agency. Debates between 'queer' approaches to gender and those prioritizing sexual difference are also brought to the fore.

Theorizing Gender aims to provide a framework for weaving together what are often viewed as opposing directions of thought. Students and researchers in sociology, philosophy and gender studies, and all those with an interest in gender will find it an invaluable resource.

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"Theorizing Gender is an overview of the important debates to take place in gender since we began theorizing it. It is not only a trustworthy introduction for students but in its impartial approach and lucid prose it is also an exemplary contribution to these debates." Dr Jay Prosser, School of English, University of Leeds

"This is a valuable and refreshingly clear exploration of some of the most discussed issues in feminist theory and philosophy, such as theories of gender and male domination, identity politics, subjectivity and agency, the relation between gender and sexuality, and the equality/difference debate. Especially valuable is the clear account of authors who discuss psychoanalytic theory, such as Judith Butler, Lacan and Foucault. The authors make an important contribution to gender studies with their new conceptualization of the bodily imaginary, as a way to bridge the gap between gender theory and sexual difference theory." Ann Ferguson, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745619446
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/10/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Rachel Alsop, Gender Studies, University of Hull

Dr. Annette FitzSimons, School of Social and Professional Studies, University of Lincoln and Humberside

Dr. Kathleen Lennon, Philosophy , University of Hull

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Natural Women and Men 12
2 Psychoanalysis and Gender 39
3 The Social Construction of Gender 64
4 Judith Butler: 'The Queen of Queer' 94
5 Gender and Sexuality 114
6 Theorizing Men and Masculinities 130
7 Bodily Imaginaries 165
8 Sexual Difference 182
9 Borderlands and Gendered Homes 201
10 Gender and the Politics of Identity 220
Notes 240
Bibliography 243
Index 268
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