Tyler, Imogen (2009) Against abjection. Feminist Theory, 10 (1). pp. 77-98.
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This article is about the theoretical life of `the abject'. It focuses on the ways in which Anglo-American and Australian feminist theoretical accounts of maternal bodies and identities have utilized Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection. Whilst the abject has proved a compelling and productive concept for feminist theory, this article cautions against the repetition of the maternal (as) abject within theoretical writing. It argues that employing a Kristevan abject paradigm risks reproducing, rather than challenging, histories of violent disgust towards maternal bodies. In place of the Kristevan model of the abject, it argues for a more thoroughly social and political account of abjection. This entails a critical shift from the current feminist theoretical preoccupation with the `transgressive potentiality' of `encounters with the abject' to a consideration of consequences of being abject within specific social and political locations.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Feminist Theory|
|Additional Information:||The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Feminist Theory, 10 (1), 2009, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2009 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Feminist Theory page: http://fty.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||abject • disgust • Kristeva • maternal • motherhood • violence|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology|
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
|Deposited By:||Dr Imogen Tyler|
|Deposited On:||01 Oct 2009 11:55|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 16:39|
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