TITLE

BEYOND THE MIRRORED SPACE: TIME AND RESISTANCE IN FEMINIST THEORY

AUTHOR(S)
Ruiz, Maria R.
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Behavior & Philosophy;2009, Vol. 37, p141
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Field and Hineline (2008) develop a full-scale account of the conditions under which speakers in our culture--in the vernacular as well as in the more technical parlance of psychological theory--explain behavior by appealing to contiguous events or, in their absence, to entities within the actor. This conforms to an early model of science that has historically dominated feminist work. As a result, feminists have commonly relied on personal agency as an explanatory construct and source of resistance in oppressive environments. I will illustrate the potential conflicts this creates for feminist work by considering the legal defense for battered women who kill their partners and the Battered Woman Syndrome as an explanatory scheme. Third-wave feminists have begun to incorporate Darwinian science into their frameworks. I discuss how this integration can help clarify the roles of extended behavioral relations and temporally distant events to resolve the conflicts in feminist analyses.
ACCESSION #
55259571

 

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