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Undoing Gender - Judith Butler

Hardcover Published: 23rd August 2004
ISBN: 9780415969222
Number Of Pages: 288

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"Undoing Gender" constitutes Judith Butler's recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation. In terms that draw from feminist and queer theory, Butler considers the norms that govern--and fail to govern--gender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood. The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from "Gender Trouble." In this work, the critique of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persistence and survival. And to "do" one's gender in certain ways sometimes implies "undoing" dominant notions of personhood. She writes about the "New Gender Politics" that has emerged in recent years, a combination of movements concerned with transgender, transsexuality, intersex, and their complex relations to feminist and queer theory.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction Acting in Concertp. 1
Beside Oneself: on the Limits of Sexual Autonomyp. 17
Gender Regulationsp. 40
Doing Justice to Someone: Sex Reassignment and Allegories of Transsexualityp. 57
Undiagnosing Genderp. 75
Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?p. 102
Longing for Recognitionp. 131
Quandaries of the Incest Taboop. 152
Bodily Confessionsp. 161
The End of Sexual Difference?p. 174
The Question of Social Transformationp. 204
Can the "Other" of Philosophy Speak?p. 232
Notesp. 251
Works Citedp. 261
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780415969222
ISBN-10: 0415969220
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23rd August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1