Introduction: Against Recognition.
Chapter One: Recognition and Misrecognition in the Psyche.
Chapter Two: The Politics of Recognition.
Chapter Three: Narrative and Recognition.
Chapter Four: Recognition and Redistribution.
Chapter Five: Beyond Recognition: Identity and Agency.
Political Studies Review
"Incisive, committed and engaged: this is feminist social theory at it should be practised. McNay?s critique of theories of recognition develops her earlier work on agency and incorporates a powerful and compelling new analysis of the relationship between embodied identity and gender inequalities."
Henrietta L. Moore, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Against Recognition presents a carefully argued critique of recent efforts to represent social and political agency as a struggle for recognition. Though sympathetic to the aims of recognition theorists, McNay finds that their paradigm rests on a reductive conception of power. By way of alternative, she presents a modified version of Pierre Bourdieu's relational phenomenology, whose key concepts of habitus, field, and capital are used to provide a better account of the role that power plays in the complex interplay between agency and social situation."
Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University, Chicago
- Brilliant and original new book by Lois McNay, a leading thinker in feminist and political theory
- Examines the idea of the struggle for recognition which features prominently in the work of various thinkers – from Charles Taylor and Jurgen Habermas to Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser
- Argues that the insights of the recognition theorists are undercut by their reliance on an inadequate account of power
- Using Bourdieu’s relational sociology, McNay develops an alternative account of individual agency that connects identity to structure
- Opens up new pathways to move beyond the oppositions between material and cultural feminisms
- A forward thinking book which will shed new light on the theory of recognition and be of great interest to both academics and students working in this area