Gender and Agency Reconfiguring the Subject in Feminist and Social Theory
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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…
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 8/8/2000
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|