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date: 26 May 2019

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This chapter explores how the concept of “identity” has been formulated within feminist theory. Looking specifically to the ongoing contestations to how identity has been imagined, it explores the ontological and epistemological assumptions of these imaginings. Additionally, the chapter addresses recent moves away from focusing on identity in some contemporary feminist thought and the implications of such a move. In considering how feminism has thought about identity, it becomes clear that there is no linear or teleological trajectory; there are competing theories within—and links across—each of the broad time periods and rubrics of thought traced out, and all feminist theories of identity are themselves marked by contradictory possibilities and imaginings for/of the self.

Keywords: gender identity, gender commonality, gender difference, femininity, female identity, identity categories, subjectivity

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