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    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.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Lynne Segal’s complete profile and publication history can be viewed at
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Judith Butler, gender, subjectivity, recognition, identities, agency
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 11:19
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:53


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