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date: 17 October 2021

p. 483. Difference and desirelocked

p. 483. Difference and desirelocked

  • Catherine Belsey

Abstract

We do our best to become what language tells us we are: ‘he’ or ‘she’. ‘Difference and desire’ considers how ideas of identity and gender come from language and the effects of culture on our accounts of ourselves. Identity can be conceived of as a set of psychological characteristics, as a social role, as recognition of the appropriateness to oneself of classification, or membership of a group. What role does power have in our relationships? Foucault argued that all relations are ones of power. Norms, are culturally produced and represent a form of repression. Poststructuralism is not a system, nor a unified theory. This is because its key term is ‘differences’.

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