Hypatia 15 (3):19-44 (2000)

Emily Zakin
Miami University, Ohio
: By clarifying the psychoanalytic notion of sexual difference (and contrasting it with a feminist analysis of gender as social reality), I argue that the symbolic dimension of psychical life cannot be discarded in developing political accounts of identity formation and the status of women in the public sphere. I discuss various bridges between social reality and symbolic structure, bridges such as body, language, law, and family. I conclude that feminist attention must be redirected to the unconscious since the political cannot be localized in, or segregated to, the sphere of social reality; sexual difference is an indispensable concept for a feminist politics
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DOI 10.1353/hyp.2000.0045
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The Sexual Contract.Carole Pateman - 1988 - Polity Press.
Speculum of the Other Woman.Luce Irigaray - 1985 - Cornell University Press.
An Ethics of Sexual Difference.Luce Irigaray - 1993 - Cornell University Press.

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Psychoanalytic Feminism.Emily Zakin - forthcoming - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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