All Made Up: Performance Theory and the New Anthropology of Sex and Gender

  title={All Made Up: Performance Theory and the New Anthropology of Sex and Gender},
  author={Rosalind C. Morris},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • R. Morris
  • Published 1995
  • Art
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
This review considers the impact of recent performance theory, especially the theory of gender performativity, on anthropological efforts to theorize sex and gender. In brief, the theory of performativity defines gender as the effect of discourse, and sex as the effect of gender. The theory is characterized by a concern with the productive force rather than the meaning of discourse and by its privileging of ambiguity and indeterminacy. This review treats recent performance theory as the logical… 
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