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The politics of our selves : power, autonomy, and gender in contemporary critical theory

Author: Amy Allen
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008.
Series: New directions in critical theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In her new book, Amy Allen argues that the capacity for autonomy is rooted in the very power relations that constitute the self." "Allen's 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Allen
ISBN: 9780231136228 0231136226 9780231509848 0231509847 9780231136235 0231136234
OCLC Number: 145146477
Description: xi, 230 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the politics of our selves --
Foucault, subjectivity, and the Enlightenment : a critical reappraisal --
The impurity of practical reason : power and autonomy in Foucault --
Dependency, subordination, and recognition : Butler on subjection --
Empowering the lifeworld? autonomy and power in Habermas --
Contextualizing critical theory --
Engendering critical theory.
Series Title: New directions in critical theory.
Responsibility: Amy Allen.
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