By Gill Jagger

Judith Butler's paintings on gender, sexuality, identification, and the physique has proved hugely influential throughout quite a number educational disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. but it's also notoriously tricky to entry.

This key ebook presents a accomplished creation to Butler's paintings, plus a severe exam of it and its precursors, either feminist (including Simone de Beauvoir, Monique Wittig, Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray), and non-feminist (including Erving Goffman, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida). the quantity covers such themes as:

  • gender as functionality and performativity

  • sociological notions of performance

  • the materiality of the physique and the function of biology

  • power, identification and social regulation

  • subjectivity, supplier and feminist political practice.

A finished advent to Butler’s paintings, this ebook additionally covers melancholia and gender identity, hate speech, pornography and 'race', social switch and transformation, and Butler’s moving relation to psychoanalysis.

Clearly laid out to hide key issues for a pupil viewers, this article will be a vital learn for undergraduates within the fields of gender, psychoanalysis and sociology.

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