Performativity Trouble: Postmodern Feminism and Essential Subjects

@article{Digeser1994PerformativityTP,
  title={Performativity Trouble: Postmodern Feminism and Essential Subjects},
  author={P. E. Digeser},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  year={1994},
  volume={47},
  pages={655 - 673}
}
  • P. Digeser
  • Published 1 September 1994
  • Art
  • Political Research Quarterly
An important theme within postmodem feminism is that essentialist notions of women and naturalized conceptions of the human subject are unnecessary and troubling ingredients for feminist political theory and practice (Alcoff 1988; Ferguson 1988; Hekman 1990; Mouffe 1992). Perhaps no one has advanced this claim more forcefully than Judith Butler through her use of the idea of performativity. According to Butler, our gender, sex and self are the effects of publicly regulated performances. In… 
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