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Det konkreta exemplet: En diskussion kring marginaler
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The following inquiry begins with one simple question: who is the margin? In other words, what is the referent of the term margin? Is it possible for language to capture connotations of an intended and supposed reality beyond its own limits? My supposition is that margin is a valuable concept to critical studies of the hegemonic order and dominant culture in various contexts. It is therefore necessary to expose the term itself to a critical analysis by attempting to trace its position in different discourses. The intention is to illustrate that the term margin is not merely an abstraction, confined within the framework of intricate theoretical rhetoric.

In a deconstructive analysis of Gender Trouble by Judith Butler and Can the Subaltern Speak? by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, based on the work of Jacques Derrida, I study the significance of the term margin and explore how the use or non-use of concrete examples affects the reception of both the term margin and ultimately the text as a whole.

The study of these two texts reveals that some of the very same critique raised by Butler and Spivak is itself applicable to the authors’ own theory production. Consequently, the authority of Butler and Spivak is put to the test through deconstructive analysis by disclosing the discrepancies between concrete examples, the authors’ philosophical stance as well as statements and positions found in other examples of their intellectual work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, sexuality
Keyword [sv]
marginal, Judith Butler, Gayatri Spivak, genus, sexualitet, postkolonialism, poststrukturalism, Jacques Derrida
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7049OAI: diva2:197544
Available from: 2007-08-31 Created: 2007-08-31Bibliographically approved

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