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Gender Trouble Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler

Gender Trouble Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Part of the Routledge Classics Series


Gender Trouble Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler

One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler's Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, 'essential' notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the feminine'. Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler's concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality. Thrilling and provocative, few other academic works have roused passions to the same extent.


'Rereading this book, as well as reading it for the first time, reshapes the categories through which we experience and perform our lives and bodies. To be troubled in this way is an intellectual pleasure and a political necessity.' - Donna Haraway'

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Publication date

1st May 2006


Judith Butler

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


272 pages


Gender studies, gender groups



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