Sayegh notes Joan Scott, "Gender"


SO WHAT?? Why is Joan Scott so bothered by this? Surely, this is as good as it gets, right? No, because



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SO WHAT?? Why is Joan Scott so bothered by this? Surely, this is as good as it gets, right? No, because "she tended to emphasize the social rather than the sexual nature of that reality, and, most often, 'social,' in her usage, was conceived in terms of economic relations of production."

OK, so why isn't this the end of her discussion of Marxism and feminism? She recognizes that many scholars increasingly fell under the spell of analytic conceptions of sexuality and that Michel Foucault's historicization of the concept of sexuality resonated among many Marxist scholars. She critiques Power of Desire (1983) and its attempt to fuse gender into a materialist discourse. She claims that this volume of essays is exciting because there is ACTUAL DEBATE about the way in which gender should be used, yet, to Scott's dismay, "a tacit assumption runs through the volume that Marxism can be expanded to included discussions of ideology, culture, and psychology and that this expansion will happen through the kind of concrete examination of evidence undertaken in the articles." Again, they accept the concept of relations of production…

Big difference between Brits and Americans, however, because Brits had a huge Marxist tradition in academia.






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