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dc.contributor.authorLeach, Brittany Rae
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-02T04:30:16Z
dc.date.available2014-10-02T04:30:16Z
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.identifier.otherleach_brittany_r_201405_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/leach_brittany_r_201405_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/30514
dc.description.abstractI attempt to resolve the identity quandary, which asks whether feminism is still possible given the destabilization of identity categories. I argue that hooks’s intersectionality has progressed the goal of achieving greater diversity within feminism, but is ultimately self-defeating because it reinforces problematic identity-based divisions. I endorse Brown’s argument that egalitarian politics must fundamentally transform oppressive power dynamics rather than simply inverting them, yet find her alternative too fragmented. I adopt Zerilli’s conceptualization of subjectivity as a contingent byproduct of collective political action. I propose that we can avoid the pitfalls of identity politics if we treat political action as the fundamental subject of feminist political analysis and intersubjective consensus as the primary standard of reference for feminist political judgment. The incoherency of agent-based subjects like “women” poses no problems for my theory, because it posits that politics requires only the existence of collective action, not uniformity among political participants.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectsubjectivity
dc.subjectfeminism
dc.subjectidentity
dc.subjectactivism
dc.subjecttheory
dc.subjectpolitics
dc.subjectgender
dc.titleBeyond the identity quandary
dc.title.alternativea relational theory of subjectivity
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentPolitical Science
dc.description.majorPolitical Science & International Affairs
dc.description.advisorAlexander Kaufman
dc.description.committeeAlexander Kaufman
dc.description.committeeCas Mudde
dc.description.committeeSean Ingham


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