What is the matter of feminist criticism?

Fraser, Mariam. 2002. What is the matter of feminist criticism? Economy and Society, 31(4), pp. 606-625. ISSN 14695766 [Article]

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This paper is situated in the context of feminist debates around nature, culture, the body and essentialism, and focuses specifically on matter and materiality. In part, it is a response to recent developments in the natural sciences which suggest that strictly social constructionist and/or epistemological approaches to matter may be inadequate to the task of analysis and critique. It begins by considering some of the specific conditions under which the sex/gender model emerged, and its implications, before addressing the work of three contemporary theorists who are engaged with differing conceptions of matter, ontology and substance. I suggest that, while not necessarily providing 'solutions', these projects raise the kinds of questions that promise to revivify the flesh and blood of feminist critique

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feminist theories, sex, gender, matter, nature, culture, ontology, substance, essentialism, nature/culture, feminist

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28 May 2009 09:54

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07 Jul 2017 11:26

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