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Recognition and the politics of human(e) desire.

Yar, Majid (2001) Recognition and the politics of human(e) desire. Theory, Culture and Society, 18 (2-3). pp. 57-76. ISSN 1460-3616

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Abstract

In the course of the last 30 years, feminist theories of gender have shifted from quasi-Marxist, labor-centered conceptions to putatively ‘post-Marxist’ cultureand identity-based conceptions. Reflecting a broader political move from redistribution to recognition, this shift has been double edged. On the one hand, it has broadened feminist politics to encompass legitimate issues of representation, identity and difference. Yet, in the context of an ascendant neoliberalism, feminist struggles for recognition may be serving less to enrich struggles for redistribution than to displace the latter. Thus, instead of arriving at a broader, richer paradigm that could encompass both redistribution and recognition, feminists appear to have traded one truncated paradigm for another – a truncated economism for a truncated culturalism. This article aims to resist that trend. I propose an anaysis of gender that is broad enough to house the full range of feminist concerns, those central to the old socialistfeminism as well as those rooted in the cultural turn. I also propose a correspondingly broad conception of justice, capable of encompassing both distribution and recognition, and a non-identitarian account of recognition, capable of synergizing with redistribution. I conclude by examining some practical problems that arise when we try to envision institutional reforms that could redress gender maldistribution and gender misrecognition simultaneously.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Theory, Culture and Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity • multiculturalism • parity • participation • redistribution • status
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 13914
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2008 10:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13914

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