Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject by Claudia LeebPower and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject by Claudia Leeb

Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject

byClaudia Leeb

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

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According to postmodern scholars, subjects are defined only through their relationship to institutions and social norms. But if we are only political people insofar as we are subjects of existing power relations, there is little hope of political transformation. To instigate change, we need todraw on collective power, but appealing to a particular type of subject, whether "working class," "black," or "women," will always be exclusionary. This issue is a particular problem for feminist scholars, who are frequently criticized for assuming that they can make broad claims for all women,while failing to acknowledge their own exclusive and powerful position (mostly white, Western, and bourgeois). Recent work in political and feminist thought has suggested that we can get around these paradoxes by wishing away the idea of political subjects entirely or else thinking of politicalidentities as constantly shifting. In this book, Claudia Leeb argues that these are both failed ideas. She instead suggests a novel idea of a subject in outline. Over the course of the book Leeb grounds this concept in work by Adorno, Lacan, and Marx - the very theorists who are often seen as denying the agency of the subject. Leeb also proposes that power structures that create political subjects are never all-powerful. While she rejects the idea ofpolitical autonomy, she shows that there is always a moment in which subjects can contest the power relations that define them.
Claudia Leeb is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University, as well as Research Affiliate at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
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Title:Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political SubjectFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019063989X

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"Claudia Leeb's Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism is an ambitious and original book that breathes new life into long-standing debates about power, agency, and subjectivity in feminist political theory. Through the development of her novel conception of the political subject-in-outlineand her insightful readings of Marx, Lacan, and Adorno, Leeb charts an exciting new course for feminist critical theory, one that moves productively past stale oppositions between Marxism and psychoanalysis and between the German and French critical theory traditions." --Amy Allen, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University