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Selfish women

Author: Lisa Downing
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
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This book proceeds from a single and very simple observation: throughout history, and up to the present, women have received a clear message that we are not supposed to prioritize ourselves. Indeed, the whole question of "self" is a problem for women - and a problem that issues from a wide range of locations, including, in some cases, feminism itself. When women espouse discourses of self-interest, self-regard, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Downing, Lisa, author.
Selfish women
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019009499
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Downing
ISBN: 9780429285349 0429285345 9781000020298 1000020290 9781000020618 1000020614 9781000020458 1000020452
OCLC Number: 1089840492
Description: 1 online resource (x, 166 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
The psychopathology of selfishness: on narcissism and norms of gender --
The philosophy of selfishness: on Ayn Rand and rational self-interest --
The politics of selfishness: on Margaret Thatcher and exceptional women --
Personal and professional practices of selfishness: on babies, boardrooms, and ballot boxes --
A feminist ethics of selfishness? Beyond individualism and collectivism --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Lisa Downing.

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This book proceeds from a single and very simple observation: throughout history, and up to the present, women have received a clear message that we are not supposed to prioritize ourselves. Indeed, the whole question of "self" is a problem for women - and a problem that issues from a wide range of locations, including, in some cases, feminism itself. When women espouse discourses of self-interest, self-regard, and selfishness, they become illegible. This is complicated by the commodification of the self in the recent Western mode of economic and political organization known as "neoliberalism," which encourages a focus on self-fashioning that may not be identical with self-regard or self-interest. Drawing on figures from French, US, and UK contexts, including Rachilde, Ayn Rand, Margaret Thatcher, and Lionel Shriver, and examining discourses from psychiatry, media, and feminism with the aim of reading against the grain of multiple orthodoxies, this book asks how revisiting the words and works of selfish women of modernity can assist us in understanding our fraught individual and collective identities as women in contemporary culture. And can women with politics that are contrary to the interests of the collective teach us anything about the value of rethinking the role of the individual? This book is an essential read for those with interests in cultural theory, feminist theory, and gender politics.

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"This is a startling, trenchant, and original book. It is written with clarity and passion. It shakes up Feminism today in productive and sometimes disturbing ways. Downing's critical brilliance, Read more...

 
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