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Title Gender, agency and coercion [electronic resource] / edited by Sumi Madhok, Anne Phillips, Kalpana Wilson
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource
Series Thinking gender in transnational times
Thinking gender in transnational times
Note Introduction; S.Madhok, A.Phillips & K.Wilson -- Choosers or Losers? Feminist Ethical and Political Agency in a Plural and Unequal World; K.Hutchings -- The Feminist Subject of Agency: Recognition and Affect in Encounters with 'the Other'; C.Hemmings & A.Kabesh -- The Meaning of Agency; M.Evans -- The Unbearable Lightness of Theory: Political Ontology and Social Weightlessness in Mouffe's Radical Democracy; L.McNay -- Agency as 'Smart Economics': Neoliberalism, Gender and Development; K.Wilson -- Action, Agency, Coercion: Reformatting Agency for Oppressive Contexts; S.Madhok -- Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Missions: Problematising Current Responses; M.Henry -- Does the Body Make a Difference?; A.Phillips -- Rejecting the Choice Paradigm: Rethinking the Ethical Framework in Prostitution and Egg Sale Debates; H.Widdows -- Compensating Egg Donors; E.Jackson -- Reproblematising Relations of Agency and Coercion: Surrogacy; S.Ashenden -- Representing Agency and Coercion: Feminist Readings and Postfeminist Media Fictions; S.Wearing -- As if Postfeminism had come True: the Turn to Agency in Cultural Studies of 'Sexualisation'; R.Gill & N.Donaghue -- Afterword; S.Madhok, A.Phillips & K.Wilson
This collection aims to think critically about agency and explore the relationship between agency and coercion in greater depth. In academic, activist, and policy circles alike, feminist work has re-focused attention onto women as agents rather than as passive victims of overwhelming structures of male institutional power, or less capable of exercising agency by virtue of their class, race, gender or culture. These broadly positive moves are not without risks. Most notably, they can encourage a triumphalist disregard for constraints through an exclusive emphasis on 'discovering' agency even in the least favourable situations, thereby obscuring domination, inequality, and subordination. So how does bringing agency and coercion into closer interplay impact our understanding of the two? How might the stories of feminist agency change if we locate agency and coercion on the same intellectual frame? What would it mean to disrupt the existing constellation of ideas accompanying agency so as to include coercion, subordination and oppression alongside ideas of freedom, autonomy, and independence? How do we theoretically negotiate agency and coercion in conditions of deep inequality? This collection thinks through these questions in a range of regional, intellectual, ethical and political contexts
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Link Print version: Gender, agency and coercion. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 9780230300323 (OCoLC)809554560
Subject Agency (Law)
Duress (Law)
Women -- Legal status, laws, etc
Electronic books. local
Alt Author Madhok, Sumi
Phillips, Anne, 1950-
Wilson, Kalpana
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