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Gender and Agency Reconfiguring the Subject in Feminist and Social Theory

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ISBN-10: 0745613497

ISBN-13: 9780745613499

Edition: 2000

Authors: Lois McNay

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This book reassesses theories of agency and gender identity against the backdrop of changing relations between men and women in contemporary societies. McNay argues that recent thought on the formation of the modern subject offers a one-sided or negative account of agency, which underplays the creative dimension present in the responses of individuals to changing social relations. An understanding of this creative element is central to a theory of autonomous agency, and also to an explanation of the ways in which women and men negotiate changes within gender relations.In exploring the implications of this idea of agency for a theory of gender identity, McNay brings together the work of…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 8/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Gender, Subjectification and Agency: Introductory Remarks
Body, Position, Power: Bourdieu and Butler on Agency
Gender and Narrative: Ricoeur on the Coherence of Self
Psyche and Society: Castoriadis and the Creativity of Action
Gender and Change: Concluding Remarks