Identities and Freedom: Feminist Theory Between Power and Connection

Paperback | March 28, 2013

byAllison Weir

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How can we think about identities in the wake of feminist critiques of identity and identity politics? In Identities and Freedom, Allison Weir rethinks conceptions of individual and collective identities in relation to freedom. Drawing on Taylor and Foucault, Butler, Zerilli, Mahmood, Mohanty,Young, and others, Weir develops a complex and nuanced account of identities that takes seriously the ways in which identity categories are bound up with power relations, with processes of subjection and exclusion, yet argues that identities are also sources of important values, and of freedom, forthey are shaped and sustained by relations of interdependence and solidarity. Moving out of the paradox of identity and freedom requires understanding identities as effects of multiple contesting relations of power and relations of interdependence.

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How can we think about identities in the wake of feminist critiques of identity and identity politics? In Identities and Freedom, Allison Weir rethinks conceptions of individual and collective identities in relation to freedom. Drawing on Taylor and Foucault, Butler, Zerilli, Mahmood, Mohanty,Young, and others, Weir develops a complex ...

Allison Weir is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Gender Studies in the Doctoral Program in Political and Social Thought at the University of Western Sydney, and is a member of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Sacrificial Logics: Feminist Theory and the Criti...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199936889

ISBN - 13:9780199936885

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Who are We? Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault2. Home and Identity: In Memory of Iris Marion Young3. Global Feminism and Transformative Identity Politics4. Transforming Women5. Feminism and the Islamic Revival: Freedom as a Practice of BelongingConclusionReferences

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"This book makes great contributions to the feminist literature by reconceptualizing IDENTITY in terms of connectedness and FREEDOM in terms of practices of belonging. Through a fascinating and innovative synthesis of Michel Foucault and Charles Taylor, Weir's communitarian approach developsnew arguments for the need to cultivate resistant identities and resistant communities. This impressive book is full of original ideas masterfully articulated in critical engagements with leading feminist scholars such as Saba Mahmood, Cynthia Willett, Iris Young, and Linda Zerilli. This provocativebook is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary discussions of freedom, resistance, identity, and community." --Jose Medina, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University