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Against abjection.

Tyler, Imogen (2009) Against abjection. Feminist Theory, 10 (1). pp. 77-98.

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    Abstract

    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.

    Item Type: Article
    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
    ID Code: 27150
    Deposited By: Dr Imogen Tyler
    Deposited On: 01 Oct 2009 11:55
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:39
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27150

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