Contemporary Feminist Utopianism

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Political Science - 258 pages
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This text explores current debates within utopian studies, feminist theory and post structuralist deconstruction. Utopian thinking is offered as a route out of the dilemma of contemporary feminism as well as a way of conceptualizing its current situation. This book provides an exploration of, and exercise in, utopian thought. Divided into three parts, part one is concerned with approaches to utopianism. The approach taken to a phenomenon or idea informs the way that phenomenon or idea will be conceptualized. Different ways of approaching utopianism are examined and challenged. The function of utopian thought, it is suggested, is profoundly transgressive; it provokes paradigm shifts in conscoiusness. By reference to debates in contemporary feminism and through an exploration of the difference between utopian and poststructuralist thought, part two illustrates that this approach is the most appropriate when conceptualizing contemporary feminism. The third part of the study incorporates a thematic discussion of feminist utopian literature.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
FORMBASED AND CONTENTBASED
9
FUNCTIONBASED APPROACHES
39
SETTING THE TONE FOR
63
THE TRANSGRESSIVE
98
FEMINIST UTOPIAN TRANSGRESSION
133
CODES AND GENRE
201
CONCLUSION
226
Index
251
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