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A feminist re-reading of theories of late modernity: Beck, Giddens and the location of gender

Mulinari, Diana LU and Sandell, Kerstin LU (2009) In Critical Sociology 35(4). p.493-507
Abstract
This article is a critical reappraisal of the understandings of gender and the location of women within theories of late modernity. These theories, as articulated by Anthony Giddens and Ulrich Beck, have gained a wide use, not the least since they claim to account for changes in intimate relations. We will use four major feminist interventions for our argument – the problematization of the public-private divide, feminist theorizing of kinship, feminist understandings of labor, and the heterosexual matrix.

We argue that the late modern story is made through violently created presences – of the reinvention of the heterosexual matrix, the private sphere as the location of women/gender, reproduction coupled to biology, and gender as... (More)
This article is a critical reappraisal of the understandings of gender and the location of women within theories of late modernity. These theories, as articulated by Anthony Giddens and Ulrich Beck, have gained a wide use, not the least since they claim to account for changes in intimate relations. We will use four major feminist interventions for our argument – the problematization of the public-private divide, feminist theorizing of kinship, feminist understandings of labor, and the heterosexual matrix.

We argue that the late modern story is made through violently created presences – of the reinvention of the heterosexual matrix, the private sphere as the location of women/gender, reproduction coupled to biology, and gender as an intimate relation between women and men – and absences of analysis of reproductive and productive labor, of the role of the state, and of gender as a social relation constituted through and within other social inequalities. (Less)
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gender, feminist theory, late modernity, family
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Critical Sociology
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35
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4
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493 - 507
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Brill Academic Publishers
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0896-9205
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2003-2165 Theorizing social change in feminist thinking
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We argue that the late modern story is made through violently created presences – of the reinvention of the heterosexual matrix, the private sphere as the location of women/gender, reproduction coupled to biology, and gender as an intimate relation between women and men – and absences of analysis of reproductive and productive labor, of the role of the state, and of gender as a social relation constituted through and within other social inequalities.},
  author       = {Mulinari, Diana and Sandell, Kerstin},
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  keyword      = {gender,feminist theory,late modernity,family},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {493--507},
  publisher    = {Brill Academic Publishers},
  series       = {Critical Sociology},
  title        = {A feminist re-reading of theories of late modernity: Beck, Giddens and the location of gender},
  volume       = {35},
  year         = {2009},
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