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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.

Synopsis:

Major work in social theory by leading scholar concerned with topics of ?difference?: gender, race, sexuality.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 282-303) and index.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521599702
Author:
Seidman, Steven
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Alexander, Jeffrey C.
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Pluralism (social sciences)
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Postmodernism
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Gay and lesbian studies
Subject:
Pluralism
Subject:
Postmodernism -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Difference (Psychology) -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Difference
Subject:
Lesbian feminist theory
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Difference (psychology)
Subject:
Cultural pluralism
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cambridge cultural social studies
Series Volume:
1993/1
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
321
Dimensions:
8.94x6.09x.86 in. 1.10 lbs.

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