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Type: Journal article
Title: Feminist discursive institutionalism - a poststructural alternative
Author: Bacchi, C.
Rönnblom, M.
Citation: Nora: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 2014; 22(3):170-186
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0803-8740
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Carol Bacchi and Malin Rönnblom
Abstract: This paper joins the ongoing conversation about the desirability, or undesirability, of feminists becoming “new institutionalists”, which is linked to broader concerns about feminists seeking legitimacy as political “scientists”. With “feminist discursive institutionalism” as exemplar, it introduces the argument that paradigms, and hence methodologies, matter politically because they create different realities. To illustrate this proposition it examines the political implications of the different meanings of discourse, and related concepts of power, ideas, and “agency”/subjectivity, in Habermasian-influenced discursive institutionalism and in Foucauldian-inspired poststructuralist analysis. A key issue, it contends, is the extent to which institutions (and other political categories) are conceptualized as discrete entities or as more open-ended “assemblages”. This analysis, we suggest, solicits feminist researchers to reflect on the political implications of their theoretical investments.
Rights: © 2014 The Nordic Association for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2013.864701
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