Sympathy and Solidarity: and Other Essays by Sandra Lee Bartky

By Sandra Lee Bartky

In an extraordinary full-length quantity, popular feminist philosopher Sandra Lee Bartky brings jointly 8 essays in a single quantity, Sympathy and Solidarity. A philosophical paintings obtainable to an informed common viewers, the essays mirror the intersection of the author's eye, paintings, and occasionally her politics. motifs attach the works: first, all care for feminist issues and topics; moment, so much take care of the truth of oppression, particularly within the disguised and sophisticated methods it may be manifested.

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14 Here, the “relations of power” have been radically demoted: in the great works on which Foucault built his reputation, power does not just “try” to de- 01-205 Ch 2 12/3/01 1:06 PM Page 41 Agency: What’s the Problem? ” The self that here gives itself the rule of law seems unlike the docile, practiced, and self-policing subject of Discipline and Punish and quite like the Kantian self whom Foucault has been thought to have buried. ” But this seems flatly false: certainly the exercise of power is very often consented to or colluded in.

Fully self-consistent, also that identities or aspects of identities are often acquired under protest. Moreover, the “discourses”—the disciplines and practices—within which our identities are constructed are multifarious and often contradictory. So, in learning that we must become “feminine,” we also learn (officially) that we are the equals of men, a proposition that appears, to say the least, compromised by many aspects of feminine body display. In this society, we learn too that we are to be responsible agents, that we must cultivate our individuality and that we are, finally, self-determining.

All that is needed, then, is to place a supervisor in a central tower and to shut up in each cell a madman, a patient, a condemned man, a worker or a schoolboy” (DP, 200). “Panopticism” resonates throughout society: it is no surprise then that “prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons” (DP, 228). The effects of surveillance mechanisms directed initially toward the disciplining of the body get a hold on the mind as well; they induce a psychological state of “conscious and permanent visibility” (DP, 201).

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