Taking a Stand in a Postfeminist World: Toward an Engaged Cultural Criticism

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SUNY Press, Nov 2, 2000 - Social Science - 243 pages
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Taking a Stand in a Postfeminist World offers an engaged cultural criticism in a postfeminist context. At the end of the twentieth century, an increasingly globalized world has given rise to a cultural complexity characterized by a rapid increase in competing discourses, fragmented subjectivities, and irreconcilable claims over cultural representation and who has the right to speak for, or about, others. While feminism has traditionally been a potent site for debates over questions that have arisen out of this context, recently, it has become so splintered and suspect that its insights are often dismissed as predictable, seriously reducing its capacity to offer powerful cultural criticism. In this postfeminist context, the authors argue for a cultural criticism that is strategic, not programmatic, and that preserves the multiple commitments, ideas, and positions required of interactions and identifications across lines of cultural, racial, and gender difference. Selecting sites where such interactions are highlighted and under current scrutiny film, consumer culture, tourism, anthropology, and the academy the authors theorize and demonstrate the struggles and maneuvers required to take a stand on a wide range of issues of significance to the contemporary cultural moment."
 

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Contents

The Postmodernist Turn in Anthropology Cautions from a Feminist Perspective
19
The Anthropological Unconscious
43
Taking a Seat at the Movies Assessing Theories of Representation and Identification
55
An Oblique Look Theorizing the Other as Spectator
57
Courting The Nineteenth Century Object Image and Fetishistic Desire
79
SelfHelp Hollywood Style Masculinity Masochism and Identification with the Child Within
93
Piano Lessons Jane Campion as CounterEthnographer
103
On Display Style and Address in Consumer Culture
115
Taking a Stand Subjects and Discourses in the Academy
151
Body as Text Young Womens Negotiations of Subjectivity
153
Interpreting Charges of Sexual Harassment Competing Discourses and Claims
167
Conclusion
189
Locked In Locked Out or Locked Up?
191
Notes
203
References
217
Index
239

The Female Body in Postmodern Consumer Culture Subjection and Agency at the Mall
117
Arts and Crafts Mass Marketed
143

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Professor Frances E. Mascia-Lees teaches anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College, and is the author of Toward a Model of Women's Status and coauthor of Gender and Anthropology.

Patricia Sharpe is Dean of Academic Affairs at Simon's Rock College of Bard, and along with Frances E. Mascia-Lees, coedited Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation, and Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture and Text, also published by SUNY Press.

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