On the Other Side of the Binary Opposition: Theoretical Thinking About Term Gender  Cover Image

S one strane binarnih opozicija: teorijska razjašnjenja pojma roda
On the Other Side of the Binary Opposition: Theoretical Thinking About Term Gender

Author(s): Jelisaveta Blagojević
Subject(s): Gender Studies
Published by: Centar za ženske studije & Centar za studije roda i politike, Fakultet političkih nauka, Beograd
Keywords: gender; identity; difference; other; politics; subjectivity; deconstruction;

Summary/Abstract: This work represents the effort to answer the following questions: why concepts of identity, difference and otherness are important for contemporary research in Gender Studies, and how the research of these concepts within Gender Studies differs from the traditional mainstream research of the same concepts. The need for such theoretical research within Gender Studies becomes more obvious if one takes into account how rare it is on the domestic and regional theoretical scene. Main purpose of the work is to theoreticaly contribute to Gender Studies by rethinking the concepts that are embedded in our theoretical and political heritage. In this sense, this research requires detailed analysis of the conceptual apparatus of contemporary theory as well as researching the effects of contemporary gender theories on concrete political practicies. Theoretical framework of the work is represented through the analysis of two different ways of understanding the concept of subjectivity – on the one hand, concept of the modern (political) subject, and on the other hand, poststructuralistic concept of the singular being. It is also based on understanding differences between them. The main result of the work is, on the one hand, deconstruction of the concepts of identity, difference and otherness in traditional philosophical thought from the poststructuralistic perspective, and on the other, the articulation of the new theoretical approach concerning three categories in question.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 08-09
  • Page Range: 47-63
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian