A Macat Analysis of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble

  • by Tim Smith-Laing
  • Narrated by Macat.com
  • 1 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosopher Judith Butler's 1990 work, Gender Trouble, shook the foundations of feminist theory and changed the conversation about gender.
While many thinkers already accepted that "gender" was a category constructed by society rather than defined by one's genitalia, Butler went further and argued that gender is performative - it exists only in the acts that express it. Society determines that wearing makeup is "feminine" - but some men wear makeup. Are they "women"? Following Butler's argument, they are if they say they are. Butler frees gender from the age-old binary construct and demonstrates that it is indefinable, at least by society. Butler's approach gives each of us the power to define our gender.
A quarter century after its publication, Gender Trouble continues to be hugely influential in the field of feminism. Crucially important to the postmodern and poststructuralist strands of the field, it is also credited as being a foundational text in queer theory.

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Superficial and repetitive

I chose a few Macat summaries and am disappointed. This one is repetitive and extremely superficial. I would guess that its audience is teenagers and others of about high school levels of education who want to know how many copies of a particular book have been sold rather than a more detailed exploration of the ideas within the author's work.

I'm not sure how a book like this is written. No one seems to want to claim authorship. It's written by the publisher? That should have been a red light.
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- Elizabeth

Great overview

I have been slogging through Butler's work, eager to unlock its insights. This overview identifies key concepts, outlines a context and how Butler is used and critiqued.
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- Vic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2016
  • Publisher: Macat International Limited.