Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories by Lorraine Code

By Lorraine Code

The path-breaking Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories is an obtainable, multidisciplinary perception into the complicated box of feminist inspiration. The Encyclopedia comprises over 500 authoritative entries commissioned from a world crew of individuals and contains transparent, concise and provocative factors of key issues and ideas. each one access includes pass references and a bibliographic consultant to extra studying; over 50 biographical entries supply readers with a feeling of ways the theories they come across have built out of the lives and events in their authors.

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Agential realism accounts for both the contingency and efficacy of knowledge. It provides an understanding of the interactions between human and nonhuman, material and discursive, and natural and cultural factors in the production of knowledge. One of its basic aims is to move considerations of epistemic practices beyond the traditional realism versus social constructionism debates. Agential realism provides an embodied understanding of objectivity and calls for accountability for the intra-active constitution of 'subjects' and 'objects'.

Theorists and practitioners draw upon each other's work to reveal and combat the exclusion of women from recognition in contemporary art circles. The Guerilla Girls, for example, are a group of practising artists who, wearing their signature gorilla masks, leaflet art venues and expose discriminatory practices that have governed the world of art. Feminist artists often incorporate explicit political messages into their art, drawing the ire of critics who believe they have violated the proper boundaries of aesthetic value.

Amorós reconstructs the relationship of feminism to the enlightenment and argues for placing the woman, not the man, as the norm for the 'generic human' in philosophical and political thought. In Feminismo: igualdad y diferencia (1994), Amorós studies the distinction between the public/private spheres and how it defines gender assignments. She favours 'feminism of equality' founded on the enlightenment principle of universal typology over 'feminism of difference', and brings the two systems together to define feminism as a social movement located within the context of other emancipatory struggles.

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