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Can I just substitute an interpretive dance in place of a list?

Although I am generally of the opinion that I would never be a member of a club that would have someone like me as a member, I decided to give this a try.

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  1. "Foucault" in "Dictionnaire des philosophes" 1984, - Maurice Florence

 

  1. Distinction - Bourdieu

 

  1. El Laberinto de la Soledad - Paz

 

  1. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Goffman

 

  1. Borderlands/La Frontera - Anzaldua

 

  1. The Interpretation of Cultures  - Geertz

 

  1. Aberrations in Black - Ferguson

 

  1. Ain't I a Woman  - bell hooks

 

  1. Giving an Account of Oneself - Butler

 

  1. Selections from the Prison Notebooks - Gramsci


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Butler's early attempt at outlining a theory of subjectification (being both a subject to power and a subject of power) in Psychic Life of Power covered some of the same territory as GAO, but remained restricted to the juridical account that cast subjectification as a scene of judgment. In PLP the subject is faced with having to give an account of itself in the context of establishing guilt or innocence. GAO shifts the scene of address beyond that of judgment to the question "who are you?" This question is implicitly addressed to the self by the other. In giving an account of oneself the subject is related to the other through the scene of address and prevailing cultural norms of the social order that condition the form of question and response. Butler considers Foucault's later work that poses the question of how a subject establishes ethical relation to one's self, others, and normative order. But whereas Foucault poses a question of "What can I become, given the contemporary order of being?", Butler reposes the question of "who are you?" to consider a social theory of recognition. The former question situates the self in relation to the contemporary order of being, whereas the latter situates the self in relation to a concrete other as well as the social order through which the other makes sense of the self and the self makes sense of other. If the normative order is open to critical revision then the self can make gains in grasping the other's singularity and vice versa, thus the question of "who are you?"

I am not that familiar with Spivak (have only read Can the Subaltern Speak?, and that was way back when) or Berber. What Butler adds to Foucault and Levinas is posing the problem of subjectification in relation to both concrete others and to a normative order. This is why Butler must consider both psychoanalysis and Foucault, but cannot rely solely on either.