Sex/Gender and the Social: Feminist Theory

Shelley Budgeon

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Feminist theory operates in a ‘dual register’, characterized by the interrogation of mainstream theory, noted for its gender-blindness, and a reflexive auto-critique in which core assumptions of feminist thought are constantly interrogated.Developing the concept of ‘gender’ as a central structuring force in society has been an important theoretical tool. Among the issues addressed in this chapter are the deconstruction of the sex/gender distinction, postcolonial and postmodernist feminist critiques, theories of intersectionality, the emergence of the study of new materialism, and contributions made by transgender theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCambridge Handbook of Social Theory
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2. Contemporary Theories and Issues
Editors Peter Kivisto
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages98 - 119
ISBN (Electronic)9781316677452
ISBN (Print)9781107162693, 9781316614921
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020


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