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Steven Seidman examines the implications for social theory and sexual politics of taking difference seriously. He explores the troubles difference can make for the social sciences and for the very people--feminists, queer theorists, postmodernists--who champion difference. This is a wide-ranging and sophisticated discussion of contemporary social theory and sexual politics, focusing on difference, knowledge and power. It also argues persuasively for a pragmatic approach to questions of difference in theory and politics.Read more
- Author very well known for contributions to social theory and queer theory
- Provides a major new statement addressing weaknesses in much contemporary theorising about 'difference' and identity politics
- Offers a sophisticated integration of gender/gay studies with mainstream sociology and cultural studies
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- Date Published: October 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521599702
- length: 322 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.545kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: the contemporary reconfiguring of social theory and cultural politics
Part I. Resisting Difference: The Malaise of the Human Sciences:
1. The political unconscious of the human sciences
2. The end of sociological theory
3. Relativizing sociology: the challenge of cultural studies
4. The refusal of sexual difference: queering sociology
5. Difference troubles: the flight of sociology from 'otherness'
Part II. Between Identity and Difference: From Lesbian and Gay to Queer Theory:
6. Identity and politics in a 'postmodern' gay culture
7. Deconstructing queer theory or some difficulties in a theory and politics of difference
Part III. Democratic Prospects: The Politics of Knowledge and Identity:
8. Transfiguring sexual identity: aids and the cultural politics of sexuality and homosexuality
9. From gay ethnicity to queer politics: the renewal of gay radicalism in the United States
10. Postmodern anxiety: the politics of epistemology
11. The politics of sexual difference in late twentieth century America
12. Difference and democracy: group recognition and the political cultures of the United States, Holland, and France
Epilogue: pragmatism, difference and a culture of strong democracy.
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