Patterns Of Dissonance

Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745665721
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Patterns Of Dissonance from the Author: Rosi Braidotti. This book is a brilliant and timely analysis of the complex issues raised by the relation between women and philosophy. It offers a critical account of a wide range of contemporary philosophical and feminist texts and it develops this account into an original project of critical feminist thought. Braidotti examines contemporary French philosophy as practised by men such as Foucault and Derrida, showing that they rely on a notion of 'the feminine' in order to undermine classical thought, which bears no direct relevance to the historical experience of women. Braidotti then looks at the attempts of contemporary feminist thinkers in Europe and the United States to show the gendered nature of discursive power games. She discusses the contributions of Luce Irigaray and many other feminist theorists to the understanding of sexual difference and of its implications for philosophy and politics. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in women's studies, feminist theory, social theory, cultural studies, philosophy and literature, and anyone interested in contemporary feminism and the relation between feminist theory, post-structuralism and psychoanalysis.

Living With Disfigurement In Early Medieval Europe

Author: Patricia Skinner
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137544392
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Living With Disfigurement In Early Medieval Europe from the Author: Patricia Skinner. This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license. This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement —for the individual, and for her or his family and community—is barely registered, and only recently has there been any attempt to explore the question of how damaged tissue and bone might be treated medically or surgically. In the wake of new work on disability and the emotions in the medieval period, this study documents how acquired disfigurement is recorded across different geographical and chronological contexts in the period.

Hysterical Fictions

Author: C. Hanson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 023059736X
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Hysterical Fictions from the Author: C. Hanson. The woman's novel is a term used to describe fiction which, while immensely popular among educated women readers, sits uneasily between high and low culture. Clare Hanson argues that this hybrid status reflects the ambivalent position of its authors and readers, as educated women caught between identification with the male-gendered intellectual culture and a counter-experience of female embodiment. Through six case studies, the representation of a 'mind/body problem' is explored in the fiction of Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Drabble, A.S.Byatt and Anita Brookner.

Knowing The Difference

Author: Kathleen Lennon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134877900
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Knowing The Difference from the Author: Kathleen Lennon. Including contributions from an international list of renowned authors, this text seeks to address the controversial issue of difference in feminist philosophy, using approaches from both analytic and continental thinking.

Is Philosophy Androcentric

Author: Iddo Landau
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271073497
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Is Philosophy Androcentric from the Author: Iddo Landau. In Is Philosophy Androcentric?, Iddo Landau contends that none of the arguments for viewing philosophy as pervasively androcentric ultimately stand up to rational scrutiny, while the ones that show it to be nonpervasively androcentric do not undermine it in the way that many critics have supposed. “Philosophy emerges, in almost all of its parts,” he concludes, “as human rather than male, and most parts and aspects of it need not be rejected or rewritten."

Unmasking The Masculine

Author: Alan R. Petersen
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446239780
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Unmasking The Masculine from the Author: Alan R. Petersen. Postmodernism and poststructuralism have undermined the assumptions upon which established identities have been constructed, such as the concept of stable bodies and stable selves. Sex, gender, sexuality and race are no longer viewed as merely descriptive aspects of experience but also as constructions of identity. Drawing on current debates in postmodern feminism, feminist philosophy of science, anti-racist/postcolonial studies and queer theory, this book considers the way in which discourse fabricates the ideal' male body, sexual identity and sexual politics. Alan Petersen explores the possibilities of developing new models of identity not so closely linked to the sex/gender system and examines the prospects of creating a new or reconceptualized identity politics.

Nomadic Subjects

Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023151526X
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Nomadic Subjects from the Author: Rosi Braidotti. Nomadic Subjects argues for a new kind of philosophical thinking, one that would include the insights of feminism and abandon the hegemonic mode that is conventionally adopted in high theory. Braidotti's personal, surprising, and lively prose insists on an integration of feminism in mainstream discourse. The essays explore problems that are central to current feminist debates including Western epistemology's relation to the "woman question," feminism and biomedical ethics, European feminism, and how American feminists might relate to European movements.

Gender Expertise And Information Technology

Author: Marja Vehviläinen
Publisher:
ISBN: 9789514440991
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Gender Expertise And Information Technology from the Author: Marja Vehviläinen. Abstract: "This book explores the interwoven construction of gender, expertise, and information technology by starting from three positions of information systems development in Finland -- male computing pioneers' autobiographical accounts, women developers' oral histories, and an office workers' study circle with related interviews -- and, fourthly, from the codes of ethics of international computing professionals' associations ACM and IFIP. By applying Dorothy Smith's theory of conceptual practices of power, information technology is understood as textuality in which texts, e.g. programs, professional journals and electronic messages, are produced and interpreted through people's particular practices and by using particular knowledges of information technology. Both practices and knowledges -- the expertise of information technology -- are organized within materially-based social relations. Gender intertwines with information technology through social practices. Gender is studied on the level of social -- often textually mediated -- relations, in terms of gendering hierarchies and divisions of labour, but also -- inspired by Donna Haraway -- at the level of subjectivity, in terms of definitions of information technology made by subjects. The second major aim of this work is to participate in the development of methodologies on gender and technology research. The study pays attention to persistently male tendencies of information technology but it looks for spaces available for women as well. The computing professions inherited strict gender hierarchies from the punched card systems of the 1950s, and those were strengthened by fraternities of former army acquaintences, in everyday practices of systems development, in public worlds of professional journals and associations, as well as within images of identity. In this setting, the view of male experts and managers gained a status of objective truth. In the 1970s and 1980s, the ideas of flexible management and work design made space for participatory approaches towards systems design. At the same time, large numbers of women entered information technology professions in Finland. Yet, that view of objective truth has not been thoroughly challenged, and there has been little room for textualities developed from women's or any other particular groups' standpoints within information technology expertise. People such as office workers can develop technologies based on their everyday life situations, and this is a real opportunity for challenging both the gendering and the expertise of technology. However, the work done in particular settings does not translate to publicly available textuality."

Transpositions

Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745635962
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Transpositions from the Author: Rosi Braidotti. This major new book offers a highly original account of ethical and political subjectivity in contemporary culture. It makes a strong case for a non–unitary or nomadic conception of the subject, in opposition to the claims of ideologies such as conservatism, liberal individualism and techno–capitalism. Braidotti takes a bold stand against moral universalism, while offering a vigorous defence of nomadic ethics against the charges of relativism and nihilism. She calls for a new form of ethical accountability that takes "Life" as the subject, not the object, of enquiry. This ethics is presented as a fundamental reconfiguration of our being in the world and it calls for more conceptual creativity in the production of worldviews that can better enable us to behave ethically in a technologically and globally mediated world. The nomadic ethical subject negotiates successfully the complex tension between the multiplicity of political forces on the one hand and the sustained commitment to emancipatory politics on the other. Transpositions provides an intellectually rich guide to the leading critical debates of our time and will be of great interest to scholars and students throughout the humanities and social sciences.