Understanding Judith Butler
- Anita Brady - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
- Tony Schirato - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Cultural Theory | Sociology of Gender
Acknowledged as one of the most influential thinkers of modern times, an understanding of Judith Butler's work is ever more essential to an understanding of not just the landscape of cultural and critical theory, but of the world around us. Understanding Judith Butler, however, can be perceived as a complex and difficult undertaking.
It needn't be. Using contemporary and topical examples from the media, popular culture and everyday life, this lively and accessible introduction shows how the issues, concepts, and theories in Butler's work function as socio-cultural practices.
Giving due consideration to Butler's earlier and most recent work, and showing how her ideas on subjectivity, gender, sexuality and language overlap and interrelate, this book gives a better understanding not only of Butler's work, but of its applications to modern-day social and cultural practices and contexts.
A rather perfect textbook at the right level. It opens up issues of transgender very well and is critical in just the right tone. Much needed in media and cultural studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
Good overview on Butler.
This book is ideal for under-graduate students who are encountering Judith Butler for the first time. It should be highly recommended to students studying not only gender-related issues, but who are doing any textual analysis. We unfortunately could not recommend the work simply because we are looking specifically for sources for our post-graduate students.
This will be very helpful to encourage students to not give up on Butler too fast!
Excellent coverage of the range of Butler's work without too much dilution. Accessible for 3rd year UG students as well as Masters students.
A useful insight into Butler's theories, very accessible for students
This is a very good introduction to the work of Judith Butler, which is of great importance to contemporary thinking, but also complex to make sense of, in its richness. I would recommend it as an introduction from which to begin exploring Butler's main contributions to philosophy and gender studies.
A clearly articulated and argued book of how to understand the complex writing of Judith Butler. I will definitely recommend the book for those who are studying post-modernism/feminism.
The authors make it (as promised) indeed easier to understand Judith Butler. Thanks!
Butler is such an important figure in post modernist /feminist research that I will certainly be recommending this book to students who are using either of those theoretical approaches in their work.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Subjectivity, identity and desire