Ideal and unsullied: purity, subjectivity and social power

Duschinsky, Robbie (2011) Ideal and unsullied: purity, subjectivity and social power. Subjectivity, 4 (2). pp. 147-167. ISSN 1755-6341

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Abstract

There has been a good deal of empirical social scientific research that has addressed the theme of purity and has indicated its social importance. However, few theoretical resources are available to scholars that explicitly attempt to analyse purity, in addition to Mary Douglas's structural-functionalist model. This model has many insights, but is not well adapted to considering issues of subjectivity or social power in contemporary Western societies. This article will attempt to take some steps towards filling this gap. It will be claimed that, through the way they appeal to an imputed essence and origin, purity discourses are often complicit in the consecration and occlusion of relations of power and processes of subjectivation. The argument will focus in particular on the operation of purity discourses in the discursive construction and practical negotiation of female adolescence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mary Douglas, social research methods
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work and Communities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 13:37
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/327

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