50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies by Imelda Whelehan, Jane Pilcher

By Imelda Whelehan, Jane Pilcher

A part of a brand new `Key Concepts' sequence released by means of SAGE. each one booklet deals 1500 note expositions of fifty issues relevant to the given field.

Jane Pilcher and Imelda Whelehan's creation supplies an account of gender experiences - what it's and the way it originated. Their number of issues is authoritative and the 50 entries replicate the complicated, multi-faceted nature of the sector in an available dictionary format.

Each of the 50 key concepts:
· starts off with a concise definition
· comprises illustrations of ways the idea that has been utilized in the field
· deals examples which enable a severe second look of the concept that
· is cross-referenced with the opposite key innovations
· makes extra examining suggestions.

The point of aspect provided encourages figuring out of gender reviews with out sacrificing intensity aspect and demanding evaluate necessary to exhibit the complexity of the problems handled. As such, the e-book appeals either to undergraduate and postgraduate scholars throughout a number social technology disciplines.

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In the field of cultural studies, Balsamo’s (1996) work on practices and representations of the gendered body in the USA draws together the cyborg themes of technology and identity. Balsamo concurs with Haraway that the ubiquity of technologies through which the body can be refashioned within contemporary culture has opened up the potential for both the practical refashioning of gendered bodies and the theoretical reconstruction of gender. Cyborgs are hybrid entities that are neither wholly technological nor completely organic, which means that the cyborg has the potential not only to disrupt persistent dualisms that set the natural body in opposition to the technologically recrafted body, but also to refashion our thinking about the theoretical construction of the body as both a material entity and a discursive process .

In particular, Geldalof argues that the cyborg ‘is a model that refuses the binary separation into object and subject’ (2000: 349). It is a 21 cyborg key concepts Pilcher-KeyConcepts 22 19/2/04 1:13 pm Page 22 concept that encourages a ‘double focus’ or a ‘simultaneous recognition’, first, of the ways in which Woman/women can be positioned as a location from which gendered, raced and national identities are constituted. Second, it allows that location to be reconceptualised, as vocal and as actively playing a part in the reconstitution of those identities, as a place of resistance and a source of instabilities within existing power relations.

Some examples of dichotomous (or, as it is sometimes called, binary) thinking are reason/emotion, true/false, normal/deviant, culture/nature or science/nature, public/private, hard/soft, knowledge/experience, self/other, objectivity/subjectivity, and male/female. Prokhovnik (1999) identifies four key features of dichotomous thinking. The first feature of dichotomy is the extension of a difference between two entities, into an opposition. Each part is dependent on the other part for its position, and each part is defined by its not being the other.

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