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Reflections on imagination and embodiment in the work of Moira Gatens, 1983-2008


Richardson-Self, L, Reflections on imagination and embodiment in the work of Moira Gatens, 1983-2008, Parrhesia, 30 pp. 29-47. ISSN 1834-3287 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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In 1983 Moira Gatens published ‘A Critique of the Sex/Gender Distinction’ (hereafter, ‘Critique’). Subsequently reprinted in a variety of feminist anthologies and in her own Imaginary Bodies, this article questioned the uncritical adoption of ‘gender’ as the preferred conceptual category of feminist analysis. Whilst scholars were eagerly abandoning discussions of sexual difference, Gatens sought to interrogate this move. At the time, ‘gender’ (following Robert Stoller) was seen to have "psychological and cultural rather than biological connotations," and was thought to have deep explanatory power by extension, providing the best avenue for understanding women’s oppression.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Moira Gatens, imagination, embodiment, social imaginary
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Feminist Theory
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Gender and Sexualities
UTAS Author:Richardson-Self, L (Dr Louise Richardson-Self)
ID Code:130120
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-01-10
Last Modified:2019-01-11

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