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Reflections on imagination and embodiment in the work of Moira Gatens, 1983-2008

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Richardson-Self, L ORCID: 0000-0002-0010-8615 2019 , 'Reflections on imagination and embodiment in the work of Moira Gatens, 1983-2008' , Parrhesia, vol. 30 , pp. 29-47 .

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Abstract

In 1983 Moira Gatens published ‘A Critique of the Sex/Gender Distinction’ (hereafter, ‘Critique’). Subsequently reprinted in a variety of feminist anthologies andin her own Imaginary Bodies, this article questioned the uncritical adoption of‘gender’ as the preferred conceptual category of feminist analysis. Whilst scholars were eagerly abandoning discussions of sexual difference, Gatens sought tointerrogate this move. At the time, ‘gender’ (following Robert Stoller) was seento have “psychological and cultural rather than biological connotations,” and wasthought to have deep explanatory power by extension, providing the best avenuefor understanding women’s oppression.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richardson-Self, L
Keywords: Moira Gatens, imagination, embodiment, social imaginary
Journal or Publication Title: Parrhesia
Publisher: Parrhesia
ISSN: 1834-3287
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Copyright 2019 The Author. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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