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Understanding Judith Butler

Understanding Judith Butler

  • Anita Brady - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Tony Schirato - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

December 2010 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Acknowledged as one of the most influential thinkers of modern times, an understanding of Judith Butler's work is ever more essential to an understanding of not just the landscape of cultural and critical theory, but of the world around us. Understanding Judith Butler, however, can be perceived as a complex and difficult undertaking.

It needn't be. Using contemporary and topical examples from the media, popular culture and everyday life, this lively and accessible introduction shows how the issues, concepts, and theories in Butler's work function as socio-cultural practices.

Giving due consideration to Butler's earlier and most recent work, and showing how her ideas on subjectivity, gender, sexuality and language overlap and interrelate, this book gives a better understanding not only of Butler's work, but of its applications to modern-day social and cultural practices and contexts.

Subjectivity, Identity and Desire
Symbolic Violence

This volume is an accessible and well-structured introduction to the complexities of Butler's work - I will add it to my list of supplementary reading for a third year undergraduate course on 'Theorizing Difference' for students on English Literature programmes.

Dr R White
English Literature , Northumbria University
April 15, 2011

A major addition to broaden students' knowledge on language, gender and sexuality issues.

Dr Ayo Amuda
Faculty of Humanities &Social Sciences, Glamorgan University
March 10, 2011

Excellent book!

Professor Jeanette Lemmergaard
Marketing and Management, University of Southern Denmark
January 26, 2011

Well, this book make the students can adopt the idea of buttler with the simple process....great idea in small book....

Mr Anhar Widodo
Performance Arts Faculty, Indonesian Institute of Arts
January 16, 2011

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Chapter 1: Subjectivity, identity and desire

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