By (author) Lois McNay
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Against Recognition by Lois McNay
Book DescriptionThe idea of the struggle for recognition features prominently in the work of various thinkers from Charles Taylor and Jurgen Habermas to Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser who are concerned with the centrality of issues of identity in modern society. In differing ways, these thinkers use the idea of recognition to develop accounts of the individual which are opposed to the asocial individualism of liberal thought and to the abstraction of much work on the subject. The idea of recognition expresses the notion that individuality is an intersubjective phenomenon formed through pragmatic interactions with others. By highlighting the intersubjective features of individuality, the idea of recognition has both descriptive and normative content and it has important implications for a feminist account of gender identity. In this brilliant and original book, Lois McNay argues that the insights of the recognition theorists are undercut by their reliance on an inadequate account of power. The idea of recognition relies on an account of social relations as extrapolations of a primal dyad of interaction that overlooks the complex ways in which individuality is connected to abstract social structures in contemporary society. Using Bourdieu's relational sociology, McNay develops an alternative account of individual agency that connects identity to structure. By focussing on issues of gender identity and agency, she opens up new pathways to move beyond the oppositions between material and cultural feminisms.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745629315
(235mm x 162mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lois McNay
Misguided Search for the Political, Paperback (April 2014)
There has been a lively debate amongst political theorists about whether certain liberal concepts of democracy are so idealized that they lack relevance to real politics.
Against Recognition, Paperback (December 2007)
The struggle for recognition features prominently in the work of various thinkers. Lois McNay argues that the insights of the recognition theorists are undercut by their reliance on an inadequate account of power. By focussing on issues of gender she develops an alternative account of individual agency that connects identity to structure.
Gender and Agency, Hardback (May 2000)
This volume reassesses theories of agency and gender identity against the backdrop of changing relations between men and women in contemporary societies.
Foucault, Paperback (September 1994)» View all books by Lois McNay
This text examines all Foucault's work, including his final writings on governmentality and the self. The author examines the way in which the latter relate to his previous theories of power and the body. She also assesses the normative and political implications of his social criticism.
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Author Biography - Lois McNay
Lois McNay is Reader in Social and Political Theory and a Fellow of Somerville College at the University of Oxford.
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