- The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory
- List of Contributors
- Feminist Theory: Transforming the Known World
- Coloniality of Gender and Power: From Postcoloniality to Decoloniality
- Cyborgs and Virtual Bodies
- Formal, Informal, and Care Economies
- Feminist Jurisprudence
- Feminist Standpoint
- Gendered Divisions of Labor
- Intersexuality, Transgender, and Transsexuality
- Microphysics of Power
- Militarization and War
- Norms and Normalization
- Performativity and Performance
- The Personal Is Political
- Pop Culture/Visual Culture
- Posthuman Feminist Theory
- Pregnancy, Personhood, and the Making of the Fetus
- Race and Racialization
- Reproduction: From Rights to Justice?
- Science Studies
- Sexual Difference
- Subjectivity and Subjectivation
Abstract and Keywords
The following chapter charts critical encounters with norms and normalization in feminist analysis and praxis. We pay particular attention to how anticapitalist, critical race, and decolonial feminist methodologies interrogate norm production and maintenance across a range of social, cultural, and economic heteropatriarchal formations. Drawing from the work of Michel Foucault, we consider norms and normativity in terms of both disciplinary subjection of individuals and their bodies and minds as well as biopolitical regulation of population dynamics. Feminist and queer critiques of same-sex marriage offers a case study of how critiques of norms and normalization have unfolded. Finally, we reflect on work of contemporary social movements, especially antiviolence and prison abolition, to see how critique of heteropatriarchal norms both animates such work and provides an opportunity for critical self-reflection of our own political formations.
Dean Spade, School of Law, Seattle University
Craig Willse, Department of Cultural Studies, George Mason University
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