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Introduction: beyond the politics of identity?

Geraldine Harris

in Beyond Representation

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719074585
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074585.003.0008
Introduction: beyond the politics of identity?

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This chapter provides an introduction to the movements of the twentieth-century such as feminism, anti-racism, and gay and lesbian or queer liberation, which have had significant, albeit varying, degrees of impact across a wide range of different institutions in both Britain and North America, including those of television and of the academy. It explores the thinking around subjectivity and identity and the relationship of these things to aesthetics that have emerged from poststructuralism, postmodernism, and most especially from ‘postmodern’ feminism, anti-racism, postcolonialism and queer theory. This thinking is sometimes represented as a fundamental change in perception. Furthermore, this chapter examines how far, and in what ways, these ideas can and have been appropriated and deployed as part of a process of inversions, reversals and substitutions that leaves the systems they critique intact.

Keywords: poststructuralism; postmodernism; postcolonialism; queer theory; television; identity

Chapter.  3245 words. 

Subjects: Television

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