'Am I That Name?': Feminism and the Category of 'Women' in History

Title'Am I That Name?': Feminism and the Category of 'Women' in History
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsRiley, Denise
Number of Pages126
PublisherMacmillan Press
CityHoundmills, UK

Writing about changes in the notion of womanhood, the author examines, in the manner of Foucault, shifting historical constructions of the category of "women" in relation to other categories central to concepts of personhood: the soul, the mind, the body, nature, the social. Feminist movements, the author argues, have had no choice but to play out this indeterminacy of women. This is made plain in their oscillations, since the 1790s, between concepts of equality and of difference. To fully recognize the ambiguity of the category of "women" is, she contends, a necessary condition for an effective feminist political philosophy.

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