The Politics of Our Selves

Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory

Serie: New Directions in Critical Theory 43

Some theorists understand the self as constituted by power relations, while others insist upon the self's autonomous capacities for critical reflection and deliberate self-transformation. All too often, these understandings of the self are assumed to be incompatible. Les mer
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Some theorists understand the self as constituted by power relations, while others insist upon the self's autonomous capacities for critical reflection and deliberate self-transformation. All too often, these understandings of the self are assumed to be incompatible. Amy Allen, however, argues that the capacity for autonomy is rooted in the very power relations that constitute the self. Her theoretical framework illuminates both aspects of what she calls, following Foucault, the "politics of our selves." It analyzes power in all its depth and complexity, including the complicated phenomenon of subjection, without giving up on the ideal of autonomy. Drawing on original and critical readings of a diverse group of theorists, Allen shows how the self can be both constituted by power and capable of an autonomous self-constitution.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

1. Introduction: The Politics of Our Selves 2. Foucault, Subjectivity, and the Enlightenment: A Critical Reappraisal 3. The Impurity of Practical Reason: Power and Autonomy in Foucault 4. Dependency, Subordination, and Recognition: Butler on Subjection 5. Empowering the Lifeworld? Autonomy and Power in Habermas 6. Contextualizing Critical Theory 7. Engendering Critical Theory Notes Bibliography Index

Om forfatteren

Amy Allen is Liberal Arts Research Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at the Pennsylvania State University. She is also the author of The Power of Feminist Theory: Domination, Resistance, Solidarity.