Beyond Identity: In Theory

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The 20th century was an era in which a number of ideological ‘-isms’ reached peak intensity – liberalism, modernism, Marxism, capitalism, to name a few. Introductory materials about postmodernism and postcolonialism often begin with an explanatory gesture about the nature of ‘post’ theories. By contrast to colonialism, modernism, and liberalism, several others ‘-isms’ – notably Marxism, anarchism, and feminism – began in social action and critique or, at least, in more recent social change movements than those of liberalism and modernism. Human’ is a species and an ontological condition, while its ‘-ism’ is a politics, a cultural environment, and a critical stance. Humanism is largely presumed by contemporary Western ideology and underpins certain other critical stances such as liberalism and feminism. Posthumanism can be understood as both ‘posthuman-ism’ and ‘post-humanism’. Posthumanism aligns strongly with several themes of feminism, in particular, critiques of the model or idealised rational human being and of the nature–culture distinction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminism, Postfeminism, and Legal Theory
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Gendered Subject
EditorsDorota Gozdecka, Anne Macduff
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351040419
ISBN (Print)9781138488342
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2019


  • feminism
  • posthumanism


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