oru.sePublikationer
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Nature, Love and the Limits of Male Power
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Centre for Feminist Social Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7766-8696
2015 (English)In: Journal of Critical Realism, ISSN 1476-7430, E-ISSN 1572-5138, Vol. 14, no 3, 325-332 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

It has long been taboo for feminist theorists to draw on notions of nature in their conceptualizations of gender relations. Objecting to this nature-phobia, I argue that we need to anchor our social theories in explicit notions of the natural necessities on which any social structure draws and must ultimately accommodate. Such a reference to a ‘natural ontological order’ is needed not only for explaining how power structures can get a hold over people, but also for specifying the ways in which the natural necessities impose absolute constraints on the forms that oppressive structures can take, ultimately creating a conatus to getting rid of the oppressive structure. In the human-social realm a crucial aspect of nature is those basic human needs that any society must meet in order to reproduce itself. One such human need that has been theoretically overlooked, although often implicitly assumed, is the need for love. Drawing on Anna G. Jónasdóttir's theory of ‘love power’, I elaborate on the contradictions inherent in the power that men acquire by exploiting women's love, arguing that these contradictions can be understood only with reference to natural necessities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Maney Publishing, 2015. Vol. 14, no 3, 325-332 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, feminism, Anna G. Jónasdóttir, love, love power, nature, nature-phobia, necessity, social structures, social theory
National Category
Social Sciences Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38341DOI: 10.1179/1476743015Z.00000000071ISI: 000359187300006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84932599367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38341DiVA: diva2:760890
Available from: 2014-11-05 Created: 2014-11-05 Last updated: 2017-01-12Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Gunnarsson, Lena
By organisation
School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden
In the same journal
Journal of Critical Realism
Social SciencesPhilosophy, Ethics and ReligionGender Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Altmetric score

Total: 571 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf