• Title: Knowing Victims: Feminism, Agency and Victim Politics in Neoliberal Times
  • Author: Rebecca Stringer
  • ISBN: 9780415634922
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Knowing Victims Feminism Agency and Victim Politics in Neoliberal Times Knowing Victims explores the theme of victimhood in contemporary feminism and politics It focuses on popular and scholarly constructions of feminism as victim feminism an ideology of passive victimhoo
    Knowing Victims explores the theme of victimhood in contemporary feminism and politics It focuses on popular and scholarly constructions of feminism as victim feminism an ideology of passive victimhood that denies women s agency and provides the first comprehensive analysis of the debate about this ideology which has unfolded among feminists since the 1980s.The book critiKnowing Victims explores the theme of victimhood in contemporary feminism and politics It focuses on popular and scholarly constructions of feminism as victim feminism an ideology of passive victimhood that denies women s agency and provides the first comprehensive analysis of the debate about this ideology which has unfolded among feminists since the 1980s.The book critically examines a movement away from the language of victimhood across a wide array of discourses, and the neoliberal replacement of the concept of structural oppression with the concept of personal responsibility In derogating the notion of victim, neoliberalism promotes a conception of victimization as subjective rather than social, a state of mind, rather than a worldly situation.Drawing upon Nietzsche, Lyotard, rape crisis feminism and feminist philosophy, Stringer situates feminist politicizations of rape, interpersonal violence, economic inequality and welfare reform as key sites of resistance to the victim blaming logic of neoliberalism She suggests that although recent feminist critiques of victim feminism have critically diagnosed the anti victim movement, they have not positively defended victim politics Stringer argues that a conception of the victim as an agentic bearer of knowledge, and an understanding of resentment as a generative force for social change, provides a potent counter to the negative construction of victimhood characteristic of the neoliberal era.This accessible and insightful analysis of feminism, neoliberalism and the social construction of victimhood will be of great interest to researchers and students in the disciplines of gender and women s studies, psychology, sociology, politics and philosophy.

    One Reply to “Knowing Victims: Feminism, Agency and Victim Politics in Neoliberal Times”

    1. Stringer argues in this book that our society has a profoundly misguided and new definition of "victim," as someone who is a victim because of their own psychology, body, nature, will, and mentality rather than because of systems of power. This is a neoliberal conception of victim, which makes everything about "personal responsibility" rather than systems of oppression. This definition of victim has become vogue in many pieces of feminist theory and writing on sexualized violence and rape. Strin [...]

    2. I really liked this book, but I will have to come back to it at some stage. It gets very theory-heavy towards the end and some of it may not have registered. Stringer critiques the stance of 'anti-victim feminism' at the beginning of the book showing how authors such as Katie Roiphe (who I hope none of you have had the misfortune of reading) mobilise neoliberal logics to negate victim identities. She then uses Lyotard's notion of the 'differend' and Nietzsche's theory of resentiment usefully to [...]

    3. Absolutely brilliant and much needed timely critical intervention. Stringer accomplishes two important tasks. First, she diagnoses and critiques a disturbing convergence between neoliberal "anti-victim" politics (such as the "feminist anti-feminism" of Sommers, Wolf, and Roiphe) and postructuralist feminist arguments that critique "ressentiment" and fetishize "agency." In doing so, she demonstrates that anti-vulnerability/anti-victimization arguments posed by feminist theorists (such as Brown an [...]

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