Feminist Studies: A Guide to Intersectional Theory, by Nina Lykke

By Nina Lykke

During this e-book, feminist student Nina Lykke highlights present concerns in feminist concept, epistemology and technique. Combining introductory overviews with state of the art reflections, Lykke specializes in analytical techniques to gendered strength differentials intersecting with different procedures of social in/exclusion in line with race, type, and sexuality. Lykke confronts and contrasts classical stances in feminist epistemology with poststructuralist and postconstructionist feminisms, and likewise brings physically materiality into discussion with theories of the performativity of gender and intercourse. This thorough and wanted research of the kingdom of Feminist reports may be a great addition to students and scholars in Gender and Women’s experiences and Sociology.

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The act of defi ning gender/sex as a ‘proper’ object of Feminist Studies has been problematized in significant ways by feminist researcher Judith Butler (1990, 1997a). Butler’s critique is inscribed in a poststructuralist and queerfeminist framework. When I choose to use her articulations as illustration, it is both because they have had a great deal of influence on current feminist theorizing and because I fi nd them important. Butler argues against the fi xations and mechanisms of exclusion that are interwoven in the definition of scholarly objects of study.

Against the background of my academic location in interdisciplinary Feminist Studies, I shall argue for it as a field of knowledge production that perhaps acts in ‘queer’ ways when seen from the perspective of the disciplinarily specialized university, but that can be understood as a postdisciplinary discipline, which can contribute in important ways to the processes of change characterizing present-day universities. In order to make my point, I shall, first, briefly contextualize the feminist discussion about disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity.

The point I want to make here is that a side effect of this critique is that it once more foregrounds the fact that gender/sex has to be understood as a mixed, cultural–natural phenomenon. An endeavor to modernize (or in a Latourean sense ‘purify,’ 1993, 11) the concept of gender/sex through a detachment of sociocultural gender from biological sex is replaced by a visibilization of the ambiguous and ‘impure’ entanglement of culture and nature, which causes ‘the great divide’ that was set up between gender and sex by a feminist modernity to collapse.

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