After Judith Butler: identities, who needs them?
Segal, Lynne (2008) After Judith Butler: identities, who needs them? Subjectivity 25 (1), pp. 381-394. ISSN 1755-6341.
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After Butler, identities and belongings, whether gendered or of any other hue, can never be securely pinned down. They must be seen as fundamentally contingent, stabilized only through the performative acts that attempt, unsteadily, to fix them as integral markings of our existence. Nevertheless, identity concepts remain pivotal to our ways of perceiving the world, positioning ourselves and asserting differing forms of agency within it. In this article, I discuss the ways in which Butler has herself shifted her analysis of subjectivities, even coming to embrace forms of identity for political ends, although, of course, never less than critically.
|Additional Information:||Lynne Segal’s complete profile and publication history can be viewed at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/psychosocial/our-staff/full-time-academic-staff/lynne-segal|
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Judith Butler, gender, subjectivity, recognition, identities, agency|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies|
|Research Centre:||Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Contemporary Literature, Centre for|
|Date Deposited:||22 Dec 2010 11:19|
|Last Modified:||12 Dec 2016 14:34|
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