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Family Values : Subjects Between Nature and Culture - Kelly Oliver

Family Values

Subjects Between Nature and Culture

Paperback Published: 26th June 1997
ISBN: 9780415913669
Number Of Pages: 256

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"Family Values" shows how the various contradictions at the heart of Western conceptions of maternity and paternity problematize our relationships with ourselves and with others. Using examples from philosophical texts, psychoanalytic theory, studies in biology and popular culture, Kelly Oliver challenges our traditional concepts of maternity which are associated with nature, and our conceptions of paternity which are embedded in culture.
Oliver's intervention calls into question the traditional image of the oppositional relationship between nature and culture, maternal and paternal. "Family Values" also undercuts recent returns to the rhetoric of a "battle between the sexes" by analyzing the conceptual basis of these descriptions in biological research and the presuppositions of such suggestions in philosophy and psychoanalysis. By developing a reconception of maternity and paternity, "Family Values" offers hope for peace in the battle of the sexes.
Articulating alternative ways to conceive of ourselves as subjects, and our conceptions of our relations to others, Oliver suggests an innovative approach to ethics or questions of values--family values. Engaging such thinkers as Locke, Rousseau. Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Levinas, Derrida, Kristeva, Koffman, Irigaray and others, Oliver examines an enormous range of both classic and contemporary texts.
"Family Values" offers a groundbreaking analysis of ages-old conceptions of woman and man, maternity and paternity, nature and culture, and subjectivity and ethics, thus composing an enormous contribution to feminist theory, literary criticism, and cultural studies.

Preface: Family Values
Introduction: The Paradox of Lovep. 1
Social Bodyp. 9
Animal Body Motherp. 11
Maternal Lawp. 62
Body Politicp. 117
No Body Fatherp. 119
Paternal Erosp. 195
Postscript: Family Values and Social Subjectivityp. 231
Endnotesp. 234
Referencesp. 244
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780415913669
ISBN-10: 0415913667
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.11  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1