Recognition, resistance and reconstruction : an introduction to subjectivities and social justice

Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria and Pease, Bob 2014, Recognition, resistance and reconstruction : an introduction to subjectivities and social justice, in The politics of recognition and social justice : transforming subjectivities and new forms of resistance, Routledge, New York, NY, pp.1-23.

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Title Recognition, resistance and reconstruction : an introduction to subjectivities and social justice
Author(s) Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria
Pease, Bob
Title of book The politics of recognition and social justice : transforming subjectivities and new forms of resistance
Editor(s) Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria
Pease, Bob
Publication date 2014
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 16
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication New York, NY
Keyword(s) transforming subjectivities
social justice
social resistance
politics of recognition
situated agency
Summary The aim of this book is to examine new forms of resistance to social injustices in contemporary Western societies. Resistance requires agency, and agency is grounded in notions of the subject and subjectivity. It is a premise of this book that new and/or reconstructed forms of subjectivity are required to challenge social relations of subordination and domination.
Subjectivity is primarily based on lived experience. While subjectivity is sometimes used to explore individualistic strategies for personal meaning, we argue that subjectivity is central to political struggles against regimes of power. Thus, understanding how subjects are constituted is important in fostering the capacity of critical reflection and social transformation.
Our aim  is to understand the relationship between subjectivity and the wider social order. The relationship between the psyche and society is one of the most challenging issues facing social theory. While there is a variety of theoretical approaches to subjectivity, those that explore the links between the subject and society are the most promising in developing strategies for resistance. In this introductory chapter, we review and interrogate what we believe are the most important theoretical approaches to subjectivity, drawing upon Marxism, critical theory, feminism, postcolonialism and post-structuralism. Our aim in this book is not to develop a new theory of subjectivities. Rather, we are more concerned with investigating how diverse subjectivities are constructed and reconstructed.
ISBN 0415819458
9780415819459
Language eng
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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