Theorizing Gender: An Introduction / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"Theorizing Gender is an overview of the important debatesto take place in gender since we began theorizing it. It is notonly a trustworthy introduction for students but in its impartialapproach and lucid prose it is also an exemplary contribution tothese debates." Dr Jay Prosser, School of English, University ofLeeds

"This is a valuable and refreshingly clear exploration of someof 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 theclear account of authors who discuss psychoanalytic theory, such asJudith Butler, Lacan and Foucault. The authors make an importantcontribution to gender studies with their new conceptualization ofthe bodily imaginary, as a way to bridge the gap between gendertheory and sexual difference theory." Ann Ferguson, Professor ofPhilosophy and Women's Studies, University of Massachusetts atAmherst

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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 ProfessionalStudies, University of Lincoln and Humberside

Dr. Kathleen Lennon, Philosophy , University of Hull

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Table of Contents



Chapter One : Natural Women and Men.

Chapter Two: Psychoanalysis and Gender.

Chapter Three: The Social Construction of Gender.

Chapter Four: Judith Butler; 'The Queen of Queer'.

Chapter Five: Gender and Sexuality.

Chapter Six: Theorising Men and Masculinities.

Chapter Seven: Bodily Imaginaries.

Chapter Eight: Sexual Difference.

Chapter Nine: Borderlands and Gendered Homes.

Chapter Ten: Gender and the Politics of Identity.




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