Feminism and the Power of Love

Feminism and the Power of Love

Feminism and the Power of Love : Interdisciplinary Interventions / ed.: A. Garcia-Andrade [et al.]. - London ; New York : Routledge, 2019. - xiv, 194 p. - (Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality). - ISBN 978-0-367-35099-4.

The power of love has become a renewed matter of feminist and non-feminist attention in the twenty-first century’s theory debates. What is this power? Is it a form of domination? Or is it a liberating force in our contemporary societies? Within "Feminism and the Power of Love" lies the central argument that, although love is a crucial site of gendered power asymmetries, it is also a vital source of human empowerment that we cannot live without. Instead of emphasizing ‘either-or’, this enlightening collection puts the dualities and contradictions of love centre stage. Indeed, by offering various theoretical perspectives on what makes love such a central value and motivator for people, this book will increase one’s understanding as to why love can keep people in its grip - even when practised in ways that deplete and oppress. In light of such analyses, the contributions within "Feminism and the Power of Love" present new perspectives on the conditions and characteristics of non-oppressive, mutually enhancing ways of loving. Bridging the gap between Feminist Affect Studies and Feminist Love Studies, this book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as women’s and gender studies, sociology, political science, philosophy, cultural studies and sexuality studies.

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