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The Subject of Anthropology: Gender, Symbolism and Psychoanalysis
In this ambitious new book, Henrietta Moore draws on anthropology, feminism and psychoanalysis to develop an original and provocative theory of gender and of how we become sexed beings. Arguing that the Oedipus complex is no longer the fulcrum of debate between anthropology and psychoanalysis, she demonstrates how recent theorizing on subjectivity, agency and culture has o ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 26th 2007 by Polity Press
(first published 2007)
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Not an easy read, but an excellent summary of the major research of theories of gender development, showing how Freud’s views, which emphasize the psychological aspects, were used by Lacan to develop more complex approaches that took into account sociological and cultural influences, and how Lacan’s work served as a foundation for object relations theory, wherein the psyche is formed through social relations. Lots of dense theory to assimilate, but also plenty of fascinating ideas and connection ...more
I did like this book. It takes you to think differently about how we have conceptualized gender. Actually Moore dares to say that a new conceptualization of gender might emerge from her review and reflections. What I think is that it is very important to realize that one thing is to use gender as an analytic category and another is to talk about different systems of sex/gender. What Moore shows us in this book is that different societies, with no exception, organize (create (?) ) their sexual di ...more
Despite appearing promising because of her interest in sexuality and theory and identity and other good things, it turns out that it's just a tough book to get into. Her writing is dense but without the profundity (so far) that makes it worth it.
Henrietta L. Moore is a British social anthropologist. She is the William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Culture and Communications Programme at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics (LSE). Previously Moore was a Governor of the LSE; LSE Deputy Director for research and external relations 2002-2005, ...moreMore about Henrietta L. Moore...