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Who put the "Me" in feminism? The Sexual Politics of Narcissism.

Tyler, I. (2005) Who put the "Me" in feminism? The Sexual Politics of Narcissism. Feminist Theory, 6 (1). pp. 25-44.

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Abstract

This article examines what is at stake in the attribution of narcissism to femininity and feminism and the routes through which arguments about ‘feminist narcissism’ became central to the popular abjection of feminism. It emphasizes the central role of narcissistic theories of identity in enabling feminist theory to prise open the mechanisms of feminine identity and thereby expose and critique the sexual politics of identity practices. The article argues that theorizing the politics of narcissism opens up ways of thinking through some of the pressing and complex questions which face women today, questions of self-identity, self-esteem, body image, cultural idealization, normativity, incorporation, consumption and agency.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Theory
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freud • narcissism • self-esteem • psychoanalysis • Women’s Liberation Movement • body image
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: 3510
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008 14:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:45
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3510

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