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Visceral futures: bodies of feminist criticism

Fraser, Mariam. 2001. Visceral futures: bodies of feminist criticism. Social Epistemology, 15(2), pp. 91-111. ISSN 0269-1728 [Article]

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This paper is situated in the context of feminist poststructuralist debates around identity. In it, I argue that anti-essentialist accounts of identity, while they may displace, or at least call into question, the foundations of subjectivity, are no less likely to invoke a series of presuppositions with respect to the self than those who seek to maintain them in some form. In particular, these presuppositions often cohere around the materiality of the body. And yet, paradoxically, this accent on materiality refers to a very particular kind of body—one that seems to have very little relation to the biological body. Using psychopharmacology as an example, I suggest that the Gilles Deleuze's ethology offers one way through which both to engage seriously with the 'biological' body while at the same time resisting either an essentialist or biological determinist position.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/02691720110057298

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

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DateEvent
2001Published

Item ID:

3257

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2010 11:27

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2017 11:26

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3257

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