Agency, Anticipation and Indeterminacy in Feminist Theory

  title={Agency, Anticipation and Indeterminacy in Feminist Theory},
  author={Lois McNay},
  journal={Feminist Theory},
  pages={139 - 148}
  • Lois McNay
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Art
  • Feminist Theory
Much contemporary work on agency offers only a partial account because it remains within an essentially negative understanding of subject formation. This essay examines the work of Judith Butler and Drucilla Cornell and argues that the negative paradigm needs to be supplemented by a more generative theoretical framework, if feminists are to develop a fuller account of agency. In the negative paradigm, the subject is understood in passive terms as an effect of discursive structures. This tends… 
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