Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: June 22, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848608023 | Print ISBN: 9780761943907 | Online ISBN: 9781848608023| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 5: Gendered Cultures
Gendered cultures This chapter charts the changing ways in which gender has figured in cultural production by feminist women since the 1970s, highlighting how shifts in discourse from ‘women’ to ‘gender’ have impacted on cultural practices and analyses. It suggests that the feminist archaeological/genealogical project of the 1970s and 1980s which served to change cultural canons by inserting women's work into them was predicated upon an unproblematized notion of women as socio-cultural entities whose identity as women was not in question. Debates about differences among women, rather than only between women and men, resulted in shifts in cultural preoccupations that increasingly led to the notion of femininity as constructed and gender as performance. This shift also marked a rise in interest in women's performance, film, and popular cultural work during the 1980s and 1990s, fuelled not least by advances in biotechnology. The ‘cultural turn’ in the social sciences of the ...