- Series: New Directions in Critical Theory (Book 43)
- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231136226
- ISBN-13: 978-0231136228
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory (New Directions in Critical Theory) 1st Edition
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Scholars will find this book an interesting read. (Kristina Grob Feminist Review Blog)
Persuasive and well-reasoned (J. Jeremy Wisnewski Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)
This admirable book provides incredibly clear and lucid readings of texts that students find notoriously difficult... Highly recommended. (Choice)
Nuanced and careful readings of Foucault, Butler, Habermas and Benhabib. (Margaret A. McLaren Foucault Studies)
A pathbreaking and elegantly argued book. (Jana Sawicki PhiloSOPHIA)
"[A] tour de force.... The Politics of Our Selves forces its reader to think hard, and honestly to think through the implications of the glib stand-off between Foucault and Habermas that stands in for a much more meaningful dialogue that we rarely get to have. (Cressida Heyes Philosophy and Social Criticism)
A remarkably comprehensive and very impressive treatment of many of the most vexing issues in contemporary critical theory. (Moira Gatens European Journal of Philosophy)
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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