The Politics of Kinship: Antigone’s Claim

Campbell, Kirsten. 2002. The Politics of Kinship: Antigone’s Claim. Economy and Society, 31(4), pp. 642-650. ISSN 0308-5147 [Article]

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Judith Butler’s Antigone’s Claim explores our most intimate ties to others – the ties of kinship. Antigone’s Claim explores the politics of kinship through a reading of the figure of Antigone. For Butler, Antigone represents a crisis of the Oedipal order of kinship, revealing the possibility of new forms of kinship itself. Butler presents a persuasive and moving argument for the necessity of changes in our conception and practice of kinship. However, her account of new kinship forms is less persuasive, failing to engage adequately with the sociality of kinship or to provide a radical model of its new forms. Butler argues that Antigone does not represent a feminist politics. However, Antigone’s Claim suggests that, if we are to re-conceive the politics of kinship, then it is necessary to reread Antigone as a political figure.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/0308514022000020733

Keywords:

antigone, judith butler, feminism, foucault, kinship, psychoanalysis

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2002Published

Item ID:

6620

Date Deposited:

02 Mar 2012 16:20

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 14:35

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/6620

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