Undoing Gender

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 273 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Acting in Concert
1
On the Limits of Sexual Autonomy
17
Gender Regulations
40
Sex Reassignment and Allegories of Transsexuality
57
Undiagnosing Gender
75
Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?
102
Longing for Recognition
131
Quandaries of the Incest Taboo 152
152
Bodily Confessions
161
The End of Sexual Difference?
174
The Question of Social Transformation 2 04
2-7
Can the Other of Philosophy Speak? 2
2-35
51
2-59
Works Cited 2 61
2-63
69
2-69
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Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Among her books are Gender Trouble, Bodies That Matter, and Excitable Speech, all published by Routledge.

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