When feminist philosophy met critical theory: Gillian Howie's historical materialism

Sandford, Stella (2016) When feminist philosophy met critical theory: Gillian Howie's historical materialism. In: Browne, Victoria and Whistler, Daniel, (eds.) On the feminist philosophy of Gillian Howie: materialism and mortality. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 21-41. ISBN 9781474254120

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This chapter examines the relationship between feminist theory and critical theory in Gillian Howie’s Between Feminism and Materialism, and the relation of both to philosophy. The chapter suggests that the relation between feminist theory and critical theory is a contradictory one in which the partners are at the same time close and yet estranged. It examines how Howie characterises this state of affairs and affirms her aim of 'putting Critical Theory to work for feminist theory’, explaining how her return to a set of revivified Marxist categories does this. However, it also argues that Howie’s specific attempt to bring a certain aspect of critical theory to bear on the understanding of sex and gender is limited by its relation to feminist philosophy. But it ends by suggesting that the work undertaken in Between Feminism and Materialism can be extended in another direction to begin the project of a critical theory of sex and a critique of the gender industry.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gillian Howie, Feminist Theory, Critical Theory, Philosophy, Sex, Gender
Research Area: Philosophy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy
Depositing User: Stella Sandford
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 09:55
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 09:55
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/36219

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