Undoing Gender, Paperback Book
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Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler's recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation.

In terms that draw from feminist and queer theory, Butler considers the norms that govern--and fail to govern--gender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood.

The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from Gender Trouble.

In this work, the critique of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persistence and survival. And to "do" one's gender in certain ways sometimes implies "undoing" dominant notions of personhood.

She writes about the "New Gender Politics" that has emerged in recent years, a combination of movements concerned with transgender, transsexuality, intersex, and their complex relations to feminist and queer theory.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Gender studies, gender groups
  • ISBN: 9780415969239

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Judith Butler wordt gezien als dé grondlegster van moderne genderstudies, maar zoals steeds zijn haar boeken zeer moeilijk geschreven en zeer theoretisch - Judith Butler is seen as THE founding mother of modern gender studies, but as usual, her books are difficult to grasp and very theoretical.

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This book forms the basis of my understanding of how a body becomes gendered, how grief is experienced, how we are built and dissembled and how that experiences informs our bodies, our lives, our genders. It teaches us that we are related and relational and that gender sits at the center of the phenomenon of being.

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