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Who are we and Who do we want to be? Amy Allen's The Politics of Our Selves

The Diversity of Social Theories

ISBN: 978-0-85724-821-3, eISBN: 978-0-85724-822-0

ISSN: 0278-1204

Publication date: 12 October 2011

Abstract

Amy Allen's book, The Politics of Our Selves, advances feminists beyond current stalemates that insist that to acknowledge the importance of Habermas's normative insights, is to deny the significance of Foucault's description of the impact that power has on subject formation. In this article I describe Allen's position and suggest its strengths and importance, criticize some of Allen's arguments and offer suggestions for advancing the direction of Allen's argument.

Citation

Meehan, J. (2011), "Who are we and Who do we want to be? Amy Allen's The Politics of Our Selves", Dahms, H.F. (Ed.) The Diversity of Social Theories (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 29), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 105-116. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0278-1204(2011)0000029009

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