ERIC Number: EJ951024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
"Hope in Failure": A Level Students, Discursive Agency, Post-Feminism and Feminism
Taylor, Carol A.
Gender and Education, v23 n7 p825-841 2011
This article begins with Pollock's comment that Judith Butler "finds hope in failure" and its aim is to explore what "hope in failure" means in relation to A Level students' engagements with post-feminism and feminism. The article grounds its argument in an exploration of how post-feminism and feminism intersect with sixth form students' subjectivities through the educational practices of their second-year A Level subject-based research. The article analyses empirical instances of students' discursive agency through Butler's notions of performativity, citationality, excessive signification and resignification to consider the complex, multiple and creative ways in which sixth form students produce themselves as viable gendered subjects in relation to post-feminist and feminist discourses. The analysis considers both how discourse regulates and conditions students' relations with post-feminism and feminism and how discourse contains the possibilities for the subject to refuse the refusal of feminism in popular culture. Through its analysis of how students use their discursive agency to claim a feminist identity, and how these uses constitute transgressive practices, the article explores the political significance of identifications with feminism in doing gender differently. It ends with an argument for the re-consideration of the apparently assured popular cultural "failure" of feminism in post-feminist neoliberal times.
Descriptors: Feminism, Popular Culture, Educational Practices, Students, Discourse Analysis, Identification, Gender Issues, Political Attitudes, Economic Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Females, Males, Sexual Identity, Gender Differences, Norms, Sociology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)