Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender (Studies in Feminist Philosophy)

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Feminist and critical race theorists alike have long acknowledged the "intersection" of gender and race difference; it is by now a truism that the ways we become boys and girls, men and women, cannot be disentangled from the ways we become white or Black men and women, Asian or Latino boys and girls. And yet, even as many have sought to attend to this intersection of difference, most critical treatments focus finally either on the production of gender or the production of race. Family Bonds proposes a new way to think about the categories of gender and race together. It first explicates and then puts to work Foucault's archaeological and genealogical methods to advance the main argument of the book: Gender is best understood primarily as a function of "disciplinary" power operating within the family, while race is primarily a function of a "regulatory" power acting upon the family.

Each of the book's central chapters is an individual story, or history - the founding of Levittown, the definitive suburb after the Second World War (1950s and 60s); the development of the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder (1970s and 1980s); and the federal coordination of scientific research on violence (1980s and 1990s). Together they make up a larger story about the construction of race and gender in the U.S. in the second half of the twentieth century and demonstrate the centrality of the family in these constructions. Rather than a formal study of Foucault's own work, Family Bonds is an effort to produce genealogies of the sort that Foucault himself hoped his work would prompt.

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Ellen K. Feder teaches philosophy at American University. She lives in Washington, DC with her partner and son.

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"Family Bonds inspires as much as it engrosses, inviting its readers to craft stories that speak to the exclusions and silences that characterize everyday narratives around race, gender, sex, and sexuality." --Philosophia


"Feder offers a comprehensive, well-researched look at the history of race and gender issues.... She adds the dimension of family and an insightful discussion involving the construction of race and gender issues using the paradigm of the family. For advanced students and scholars, many aspects of this book will be invaluable to the discussion of race and gender. The book offers discussions of studies, histories, and theories likely to be overlooked in similar works. The author's use of current cases will allow for lively class discussion based on theory as applicable to current events. Highly recommended."--L.L. Lovern, CHOICE


"Intersectionality is all the rage, but it lacks an overarching theory that would genuinely elucidate (rather than merely gesture at) the ways we develop as both raced and gendered beings. In this provocative Foucauldian treatment, Ellen Feder makes a challenging case that--albeit in different ways, through 'biopower' and 'discipline'--the family should be seen as the key site for the production of both."--Charles Mills, John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University


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