Power gender: social relations in theory and practice by H. Lorraine Radtke, Henderikus J Stam

By H. Lorraine Radtke, Henderikus J Stam

This publication investigates the complicated strands that inextricably hyperlink gender and gear relatives, demonstrating how gender is built in the course of the practices of strength. The members argue that `female' and `male' are formed not just on the micro-level of daily social interplay but additionally on the macro-level the place social associations regulate and keep an eye on the perform of gender. Power//Gender explores: how theorizing on strength is affected while gender is considered; post-Foucauldian conception of gender and tool; if it is attainable to split gender and gear; the connections among gender and the perform of strength in political contexts, and the way those connections paintings within the particular contexts of women's liv

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Marilyn French's chapter can be situated within the tradition of 'woman-centred' theorizing about power. She questions the naturalness of existing social arrangements and seeks to explain the roots of male domination. She suggests that power became linked to domination and control with the construction of a male identity designed to compensate for the ambiguous and limited Page 8 role of men in the reproductive process. In her view, this particular definition of power is a dangerous one that threatens our very existence because it is 'unnatural'.

Here, then, an important link is established between the 'nature' of gender and power relations; gender is a product of power relations. None the less, Kerfoot and Knights also see radical possibilities for change in the prevailing system of men's domination through the effects of the local, marginalized 'subjugated knowledges' of women. Jean Lipman-Blumen seeks to explore what it is in the nature of the human condition that produces power relationships. She takes the relationships between the genders as a paradigm case, that is, gender relations serve as a useful context in which to examine the workings of power, not because of their uniqueness per se, but because of 'their marked intransigence to efforts to recalibrate the power relationships they represent' (p.

Generations of male thinkers have asserted that male dominance arises from nature. Some have attempted to prove this by showing male dominance in other animal species, in studies that falsify or slant the facts. Clearer eyes and minds have revealed that while most mammal species live in groups, most animal societies are composed only of females and their young. Lion and elephant mothers expel adolescent males from the community and live exclusively with female adults and their young of both sexes.

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