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The Material of Knowledge: Feminist Disclosures Hardcover – April 19, 2010

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"There is no other existing book that does exactly what Hekman does here, which is work across a very broad and diverse range of fields and figures to draw together the best of what's out there rethinking the relationship between the material and the linguistic." —Shannon Sullivan, Penn State University

(Shannon Sullivan, Penn State University)

"This is a truly feminist book in the best sense; it does not simply adopt, or abandon, paradigms but engages with what's worth saving. It is a genuinely new way of thinking about the relation between matter and science." —Claire Colebrook, University of Edinburgh

(Claire Colebrook, University of Edinburgh)

About the Author

Susan Hekman is Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Private Selves, Public Identities and The Future of Differences.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253354676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253354679
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,064,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My latest book, THE FEMININE SUBJECT (Polity Press 2014) is the culmination of a lifetime of writing about feminist theory. Although I have written about various aspects of feminist theory I always seemed to come back to the subject. So in this book I decided to focus exclusively on the subject. I trace its evolution from Simone de Beauvoir to the present. What I try to show is that Beauvoir and those who followed her accomplished something remarkable and unique: a new concept in thought. Beauvoir's subject broke from the philosophical tradition into unchartered territory. This is exciting and I hope I have written an exciting book tracing this evolution.

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It's not often that you read something like this. Not only does it introduce the reader to the works of Latour, Foucault, Althusser, and others on knowledge and materialism in a very accessible way, but in its synthesizing of these theories it goes beyond that task to constitute an important intervention in its own right.

This is a book that deserves to be read by every thinking person who believes that the point of philosophy is not simply to understand the world, but to change it.
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I loved this book. Primarily because of its ability to help me to understand more about the links between Foucault and feminism - and for that matter how many theorists work in qualitative research. They all draw on one another but tweak things! Loved the notion of disclosure and probably need to read that more closely for my own work.
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By Brian Kumm on October 23, 2015
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Really dislike this book. Seemed slight and a bit careless. Not a book of great significance.
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