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By Judith Butler | Comments: ( 589 ) | Date: ( Oct 17, 2019 )

Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler s recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation In terms that draw from feminist and queer theory, Butler considers the norms that govern and fail to govern gender and sexUndoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler s recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation In terms that draw from feminist and queer theory, Butler considers the norms that govern and fail to govern gender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from Gender Trouble In this work, the critique of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persistence and survival And to do one s gender in certain ways sometimes implies undoing dominant notions of personhood She writes about the New Gender Politics that has emerged in recent years, a combination of movements concerned with transgender, transsexuality, intersex, and their complex relations to feminist and queer theory.


  • Title: Undoing Gender
  • Author: Judith Butler
  • ISBN: 9780415969239
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Judith Butler

Judith Butler is an American post structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley.Butler received her Ph.D in philosophy from Yale University in 1984, for a dissertation subsequently published as Subjects of Desire Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth Century France In the late 1980s she held several teaching and research appointments, and was involved in post structuralist efforts within Western feminist theory to question the presuppositional terms of feminism Her research ranges from literary theory, modern philosophical fiction, feminist and sexuality studies, to 19th and 20th century European literature and philosophy, Kafka and loss, and mourning and war Her most recent work focuses on Jewish philosophy and exploring pre and post Zionist criticisms of state violence.



Comments Undoing Gender

  • Matthew

    Anyone who has read Judy Butler has had to contend with philosophical mind-benders of astonishing brilliance and tortured diction, such as: "What happens to the subject and to the stability of gender categories when the epistemic regime of presumptive heterosexuality is unmasked as that which produces and reifies these ostensible categories of ontology?" Which makes it all the more surprising to run into the same brilliance, the same incisiveness, but this time with a kind of heartrending poetry [...]


  • COME_TO_THE_DARK_SIDE

    Es el libro más accesible de Butler. Continúa donde El género en disputa: El feminismo y la subversión de la identidad lo dejó, hablando de la regulación de género y la forma en que afecta a las personas. Arranca con la premisa de que el género es performativo, por lo tanto, no existen roles de género inherentes a la naturaleza humana. En otras palabras, la identidad sexual y la expresión de género son el resultado de una construcción social y cultural. Es una discusión bastante pro [...]


  • Kate Hunc

    Her discussion of what it means to be "human" and socially intelligible made me cry.Specifically: "To be called a copy, to be called unreal, is thus one way in which one can be oppressed. But consider that it is more fundamental than that. For to be oppressed means that you already exist as a subject of some kind But to be unreal is something else again. For to be oppressed one must first become intelligible. To find that one is fundamentally unintelligible is to find that one has not yet achiev [...]


  • Ralowe Ampu

    i finally did it. i read a judith butler book. i know it was at a slower pace considering its just around 200 pages, but it's not because the book was excessively obtuse. i was struck by how accessible this book is. this might be the one book that she has written like this. it was almost a little bit too accessible. judith butler turns her eye to a number of common run-in's with the state or similarly consequential authority: she takes looks at gender essentialism vs. gender self determination, [...]


  • Aja

    This is another philosophy book on the same lines of the Michel Foucault we just read for class as well. And once again, what she is saying is very important but most of what is said is unattainable by the average reader. After discussing the concepts in class I would have given this book five stars, but I think that if someone picked up this book without that avenue for discussion much of the main concepts and theories would be lost.I think that most of the book was not to get the reader to sub [...]


  • Mary

    Before I read Judith Butler, I would have identified myself as a woman. But she says I'm wrong. At the most basic level I'm not a woman. Butler sees gender as performance. Butler says anatomy has cultural framing. It is Performance, not an essence. Gender is performed without ones being conscious of it. "Terms that make up ones own gender are outside oneself, beyond oneself in a sociality that has no author." Anatomy and sex have cultural framing. They are not natural, not essential, not pre-cul [...]


  • Nasim

    some sloppy opinions.Butler asks a lot of questions, but barely ever appears too doubtful. Most of the time she isn't interested in providing her answers and opinions - which is what I read other people for. Questions aren't that hard to find alone. A book should provide clearly stated opinions, attempts at answers, rather than end every chapter with more extra issues than before. I can't help thinking she doesn't always want the reader to answer her questions and uses them for the sake of rheto [...]


  • Hannah Givens

    This one-star rating is probably unfair. Butler certainly made statements I agreed with, and is a widely respected feminist scholar who seems to be very important intellectually. But this book was a flaming heap as far as I'm concerned. In no essay did I ever figure out what she was actually trying to say, because she just rambles all over the place saying random things (using the biggest words possible) and never seems to have a point at all. The assertions I did understand seem actively unhelp [...]


  • Jamie

    I'd heard this was the "accessible" Butler text, which is sorta true, but just remember--it's still Butler. I think perhaps the reason many people find this to be a more engaging text is that Butler's concerns, though densely theoretical, have more immediate 'real life' applications than, say, in Gender Trouble or Bodies that Matter. It seems Butler's become increasingly interested in what it might mean to be an ethical, incoherent/post-modern (ha) subject, and as such, her interests in regulato [...]


  • Barney

    I do not understand this book. It feels like the ratio of verbosity to content approaches unfathomable heights. I'm used to being told that I should express myself more simply and I usually respond that there's a reason for my choice of complexity of expression. Here, I find myself on the other side of that fence. I imagine that a large part of my inability to comprehend comes from my complete ignorance of a large part of the terminology and the concepts that Butler builds upon. However, perhaps [...]


  • John Carter McKnight

    A brilliant but somewhat uneven collection of essays. Your mileage may vary as to what resonates and what's skippable: for me the critiques of Lacanian psychoanalysis definitely fell into the latter category. I'd thought that the Oedipal complex had about the scientific currency of phlogiston; it was astonishing to see that Freud and Lacan arent' dead yet, but beyond that, not a great investment of my time. The remaining essays, however, are sheer gold.


  • Kayla Fosse

    Intended for anyone with an interest in philosophy, psychology, or sociology, this collection of psychoanalysis essays will bring up many questions for its readers as Judith Butler takes us on a journey of what it means to be human, and what it means to live a livable life. Referencing everyone from Freud to Hitler, Butler spends 250 pages discussing these questions with regard to gender differences within society today.Throughout the novel, Butler goes off on many tangents and uses large words, [...]


  • Carlos

    El libro parte del presupuesto de corregir alguna delas posiciones de Butler en obras anteriores, pero va mucho más allá de matizar y ampliar nuevas posturas. No he leído todos los capítulos (he pasado de los del incesto y el parentesco porque la antropología es para pringados), pero todos tienen en común el acercamiento hegeliano a la identidad tan típico en Butler y otros académicos de su época más cercanos a una concepción liberal/progresista (Taylor, por ejemplo) según el cual la [...]


  • Maia

    In her introduction to this collection of essays theorist and philosopher Judith Butler states why an ongoing critique of gender norms in not only necessary but vital: "Not so much to celebrate difference as such but to establish more inclusive conditions for sheltering and maintaining life that resists models of assimilation" (pg 4). She calls for trans, intersex and gender nonconforming people "to be treated with the presumption that their lives are and will be not only livable, but also occas [...]


  • Christopher Roberts

    I'm very mixed on this one. There are a lot of Butler haters out there and I kind of get what they mean when they say she is unnecessarily obtuse and verbose, but you just described some of the most read and studied philosophers in the Western Canon. I find her over-reliance on Lacanian psychoanalysis to be tiring and how unsystematic she is in her arguments can be pretty frustrating. Some philosophers can pull off the "postmodern" style but it usually involves either a dose of Nietzsche's antag [...]


  • Sarah

    The book is a solid collection of essays outlining Judith Butler's seminal theories on gender. I found it easier to digest than Gender Trouble but still quite esoteric. Butler's chapters on Undiagnosing Gender and kinship are particularly interesting. Butler's writing remains theoretical and does not bring in an intersectional perspective outside of the question of gender performance in most chapters. The book was published before marriage equality became legal in all states so it would be inter [...]


  • Riley Holmes

    Brilliant writing. The essay format is great because once I'm bored with 1 topic she's onto the next. She puts her personality into it despite the "dryness" of the content.I wouldn't read this without a background in French theory. These 2 books provide a good basis:-Irigaray & Deleuze: Experiments in Visceral Philosophy-Jacques Lacan: A Feminist IntroductionHegel's important but I have zero exposure. Recommendations?


  • tiziano cancelli

    Interessante rilettura del Gender Trouble a più di 10 anni di distanza dalla prima formulazione.


  • Andreea

    It has it's high points and low ones, so I hesitate between 4 and 5 stars. Some of the discussion on psychoanalysis is very boring if you're not interested in psychoanalysis (which seems like a very obvious thing to say?) so I skipped one of the essays, 'Quandaries of the Incest Taboo', I think, just because I really couldn't bear to read all about Freud etc again. That being said, the high points are very high and some of the essays are not only very reader, but almost touching - or more than a [...]


  • Kristina

    Eye-opening and deeply educational for those unfamiliar with the field of academic feminism or gender studies, however, be warned: this book is not what would traditionally be deemed as "accessible" anywhere outside of academia. It is extremely dense and often references other thinkers and philosophers (especially Lacan, Hegel and Foucalt), and expects the reader to be at least slightly familiar with them. This should not discourage you from reading (I have learned a great deal about normativity [...]


  • Quin Rich

    This text is a good, clear, and quick introduction to some of Judith Butler's more recent work on gender and sexuality. The earlier chapters are more concrete, and they feel somewhat dated. Butler's main project in this section is carving out a space for a critical/theoretical account of gender norms while still challenging the violence and erasure experienced by transgender/GNC subjects.The text really begins to shine when Butler starts tackling more abstract theoretical concerns in the latter [...]


  • Corey

    I usually don't add nonfiction books here that I read for class, but I'm going to disappoint myself if I don't achieve my goal of 35 books for the year. Given Butler's reputation , this book was relatively readable and endlessly fascinating, especially where her thoughts on the trans question and GID are concerned. Like many philosophers, she asks a lot of really tough questions and leaves it up to the reader to come up with answers, and the few she gives are awfully idealistic (for instance, th [...]


  • Joseph Sverker

    This is a very helpful book since it covers much of the basics of Butler's views on gender and sex and at the same time Butler writes out her views on political issues such as same sex marriage and adoption. As such, it gives her theories applicability.I would say that the language is not as difficult as Gender Trouble and Bodies that Matter and for the person who might have read those two books and know them fairly well, this book will be of interest to show some changes and nuances in Butler's [...]


  • Jamie Johnston

    I don't think I understood more than half of this book, and that was frustrating because much of what I did understand was fascinating, extremely thought-provoking, and occasionally quite moving. I started reading it about eighteen months ago and temporarily gave up when I hit a paragraph somewhere near the middle that I found so opaque that it completely broke my spirit; but even then I intended to try again one day, and eventually I did. I still haven't a clue what that paragraph was about and [...]


  • Matthew

    I think my difficulties with this book stem from two areas: 1. We had a week to read this for my class, in addition to several other articles. Judith Butler has never been cited as easy to read, and a read through in one day is certainly not enough time to unpack many of her thought-provoking statements. 2. I kept thinking of LDS church leaders saying that "the family is under attack", and realizing that if that is the case, Judith Butler is on the frontlines of the anti-traditional family side. [...]


  • Justin

    Another Butler banga. If you're pretty deep into feminism (or feminist philosophy) the essays towards the beginning are probably more up your alley. If you're more in the philosophy side of feminism and gender (as I am), then the last three are good. I returned the book to the library so I'm not 100% on the title but the essay titled "The End of Sexual Difference" is especially good even for those uninitiated with Butler or even someone who wants an introduction to contemporary gender theory. En [...]


  • ian

    I don't find Butler especially helpful on transgender issues and so skip lightly over the chapters of this book that engage them. Nonetheless I love this book's introduction, where Butler does some great thinking about mourning, and also about what it means to resist interpellation into debased/spoiled identities. I see these sections as a sort of unintentional companion to the Intro to Jose Munoz's _Disidentifications_. Also the chapter on the heterosexuality of kinship has been very helpful to [...]


  • Kerry

    Thought-provoking read reflecting the organization and sophistication of Butler's train of thought on a variety of issues. While the philosophical aspect of this text may rev some engines, for me, probably her concentration on what makes life "livable" for people (and how people should be able to achieve a "livable" life) and how norms can either constrain/do violence to people or help them express themselves or their world is the main takeaway from this book.


  • Leseparatist

    With the exception of Psychic Life of Power, which for some reason was more difficult to grasp for me than other books by Butler, each of her collections brings me more joy: I don't just appreciate the content but the form (especially the dry humour) as well. They never mentioned in class that she can be really funny.


  • Teremarie

    I'm not sure what's going on here I finally understood performativity with this book, and on that note Butler makes some good points that also work for a general application on society, not just gender matters. However, sometimes she uses too many words, I feel like I could black out entire paragraphs and the message would still be understood. That being said, would recommend.


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