‘(S)extremism’: imagining violent women in the twenty-first century with Navine G. Khan-Dossos and Julia Kristeva

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‘(S)extremism’ : imagining violent women in the twenty-first century with Navine G. Khan-Dossos and Julia Kristeva. / Downing, Lisa.

In: Paragraph , Vol. 43, No. 2, 06.2020, p. 212-229.

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title = "{\textquoteleft}(S)extremism{\textquoteright}: imagining violent women in the twenty-first century with Navine G. Khan-Dossos and Julia Kristeva",
abstract = "The neologism {\textquoteleft}(s)extremism{\textquoteright} indicates a nexus of ideas intrinsic to the way in which contemporary culture imagines the figure of the violent woman. Firstly, it identifies the sexism visible in reactions to such women; secondly it highlights the fact that these misogynistic responses are often predicated precisely on sex (i.e. on assumptions about woman{\textquoteright}s biological function), not (only) on gender; thirdly it highlights the question mark that hovers over the issue of what extremism is – especially when applied to women. To examine and theorize these ideas, the article moves beyond existing works in critical terrorism studies and looks to research-informed art installations by international artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos, with whom the author has collaborated, and to the writings of Julia Kristeva who explores the link between female {\textquoteleft}extremism{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}exceptionality{\textquoteright}, and describes how feminism itself is constituted with regard to the socio-symbolic order as a form of terroristic violence. ",
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