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The naturalistic turn in feminist theory: a Marxist-realist contribution
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (CFS, Centrum för feministiska samhällsstudier)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7766-8696
2013 (English)In: Feminist Theory, ISSN 1464-7001, E-ISSN 1741-2773, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 3-19Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

After a time dominated by nature-phobia, a naturalistic turn is emerging within feminist theory. Welcoming this new theoretical embrace of nature and sympathising with its insistence that nature is not feminism’s enemy, this article nevertheless points to some problematic features of this turn. Focusing on Elizabeth Grosz’s postmodernist readings of Charles Darwin, I suggest that their emphasis of nature’s dynamic, indeterminate and enabling qualities both implies a politically unmotivated glorification of the dynamic and unruly, and as such obscures the important fact that nature also works as a constraining factor on societies. I demonstrate, from the point of view of a Marxist-realist perspective, why an acknowledgement of nature’s limiting force is crucial for the coherence of any theoretical account of the workings of social systems. The article also addresses the feminist imperative to transcend the dualism between nature and culture, and shows how the concept of emergence offers a solution to dilemmas that tend to appear in connection to such efforts of transcendence.

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Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 3-19
Keywords [en]
biology, emergence, feminism, Elizabeth Grosz, nature, naturalistic turn, new materialism
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Social Sciences Sociology Gender Studies Philosophy
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-23880DOI: 10.1177/1464700112468567ISI: 000330303900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84876583157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-23880DiVA, id: diva2:539585
Available from: 2012-07-04 Created: 2012-07-04 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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