Beyond Sex and Gender

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SAGE, Jul 24, 2002 - Social Science - 258 pages
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The central argument of this book is that the sex//gender distinction is invalid and must be transcended. To this end, the work of Foucault, Connell, Goffman, Garfinkel, Butler, Freud, Derrida, Saussure, Lacquer and Kessler and McKenna is woven into a rich and compelling set of arguments. The sex//gender distinction is attacked for producing a series of irresolvable traps. However much one tries to think one's way out of the dichotomy, one ends up being suckered back into its imponderables and blind alleys. The book attempts to comprehensively reorientate the field and redefine the terrain.
 

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Contents

The Old Configuration
15
Unpicking the Knot
32
The Mystery of the Visible
52
Timely Bodies
71
Looming Outside the Space Station
93
Truth is Slippery Stuff
117
Stories for Sexual Difference
141
The Choreography of Sex
165
A Melancholy Gender
190
The Vagaries of Language
215
The myriad namings of women
221
Reconceptualizing language
228
Corporeal complexity
234
Index
245
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