The Resource Thinking fragments : psychoanalysis, feminism, and postmodernism in the contemporary West, Jane Flax, (electronic resource)

Thinking fragments : psychoanalysis, feminism, and postmodernism in the contemporary West, Jane Flax, (electronic resource)

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Thinking fragments : psychoanalysis, feminism, and postmodernism in the contemporary West
Title
Thinking fragments
Title remainder
psychoanalysis, feminism, and postmodernism in the contemporary West
Statement of responsibility
Jane Flax
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Language
eng
Summary
Thinking Fragments provides a brilliant critique of psychoanalytic, feminist, and postmodern theory. Examining the writings of Freud, Winnicott, Lacan, Chodorow, Irigaray, Derrida, Rorty, and Foucault, among others, Flax conducts a "conversation" among psychoanalysts, feminist thinkers, and postmodern theorists, evaluating the ways in which each group of thinkers succeeds in coming to terms with crises in contemporary Western culture. As she analyzes each theory in turn, the others are used to identify and interrogate its gaps and omissions. The result is a postmodern text of intertwined ideas, devoid of clear beginnings, endings, conclusions. Flax addresses the question, "how is it possible to theorize in the contemporary West?" With the demise of objective notions of truth, knowledge, self and power, intellectuals have devised these new modes of thinking which both reflect and contribute to the uncertainties of the contemporary West. Each also addresses at least one aspect of what has become most problematic to modern individuals: How to come to terms with self, gender, knowledge and power without resorting to concepts that stress objectivity, universal knowledge, and a unitary self. Flax finds that neither psychoanalysis, nor feminism, nor postmodernism is adequate to the task for which it was conceived. Each can illuminate certain aspects of problems of self, gender, knowledge, and power, but none is sufficient on its own. In fact, each incorporates characteristic blindnesses rooted in part in the very difficulties it addresses. Despite their failures, Flax concludes that these modes of theorizing are our best tools thus far, compelling us to use them even while we grapple with the problems they raise. Thinking Fragments is a wide-ranging study that will elicit much discussion and debate. It is an essential text for social scientists and humanists alike, as well as anyone else who thinks about how to "do" theory in the contemporary West
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CUSER
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Flax, Jane
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004
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  • Psychoanalysis and philosophy
  • Feminist theory
  • Postmodernism
  • Philosophy, Modern
  • Philosophy
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Women
  • Women's Rights
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Thinking fragments : psychoanalysis, feminism, and postmodernism in the contemporary West, Jane Flax, (electronic resource)
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Description based on print version record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The conversation -- Something is happening: On writing in a transitional state -- Transitional thinking: Psychoanalytic, feminist, and postmodernist theories -- The selves' conceptions -- Freud: Initiation and omission in psychoanalysis -- Lacan and Winnicott: Splitting and regression in psychoanalytic theory -- Gender(s) and dis-contents -- Feminisms: Stories of gender -- Knowledge in question -- Postmodernism: Thinking in fragments -- No conclusions: Gender, knowledge, self, and power in transition
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214496804
Dimensions
24 cm
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 277 pages)
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electronic
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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unknown sound
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remote
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(OCoLC)214496804
Label
Thinking fragments : psychoanalysis, feminism, and postmodernism in the contemporary West, Jane Flax, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Description based on print version record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The conversation -- Something is happening: On writing in a transitional state -- Transitional thinking: Psychoanalytic, feminist, and postmodernist theories -- The selves' conceptions -- Freud: Initiation and omission in psychoanalysis -- Lacan and Winnicott: Splitting and regression in psychoanalytic theory -- Gender(s) and dis-contents -- Feminisms: Stories of gender -- Knowledge in question -- Postmodernism: Thinking in fragments -- No conclusions: Gender, knowledge, self, and power in transition
Control code
214496804
Dimensions
24 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 277 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)214496804

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