This major new book is the most up--to--date account of current feminist debates, written by some of the worlda s leading feminist thinkers. The 1980s saw a devastating critique of the simple unities of woman or womana s experience as a theoretical basis for feminist politics. The 1990s brought a powerful reappraisal of the universalizing tendencies in mainstream political, social and cultural theory, as feminists explored the deeper biases that go beyond a mere sexisma to structure the very terms of theoretical debate. Destabilizing Theory pushes this debate further with major new essays by Michele Barrett and Anne Phillips, and specially commissioned papers from prominent theorists in Britain, the USA and Australia, who take up and develop the themes in a variety of contexts.
Michele Barrett is one of the foremost feminist theorists in Britain today and her work is very well--known. She has written many successful works including Womena s Oppression Today (Verso, 1989), Engendering Democracy (Polity Press, 1991) and Feminism and Equality (Blackwell, 1987).
Preface and Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction: Michele Barrett and Anne Phillips. 2. Universal Pretensions in Political Thought: Anne Phillips. 3. Post--Post Modernism? Theorizing Social Complexity: Sylvia Walby. 4. a Womena s Interestsa and the Post--Structuralist State: Rosemary Pringle and Sophie Watson. 5. Feminist Encounters: Locating the Politics of Experience: Chandra Talpade Mohanty. 6. Sexual Practice and Changing Lesbian Identities: Biddy Martin. 7. Power, Bodies and Difference: Moira Gatens. 8. Feminism, Painting, History: Griselda Pollock. 9. The Politics of Translation: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. 10. Words and Things: Materialism and Method in Contemporary Feminist Analysis: Michele Barrett.