COVER

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pp. 1-5

CONTENTS

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pp. 6-7

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. vii-viii

On the path from initial inkling of an idea of how to think about the problem of postfeminism, to a finished book on agency and choice, I have acquired many debts. For intellectual, material, and/or emotional sustenance at either discrete points or throughout the ten years it took to move this project from start to finish, I am indebted to Jean Babyak, Frankie Babyak, Susan Bickford, Barbara ...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. ix-xviii

The theme of this book is women’s agency—how it is developed, how it is deployed, and how it can be increased. Having “agency” involves both deliberating on choices and having choices on which to deliberate. It is thus a product of both autonomy (the individual capacity to act) and freedom (the conditions that facilitate action). ...

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1 Conceiving Agency: Autonomy, Freedom, and the Creation of the Embodied Subject

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pp. 1-35

Agency is often used interchangeably with autonomy and freedom, so that debates about the meaning and possibility of autonomy or freedom get shifted to agency as well. Although I agree that these are deeply interconnected ideas, I argue here that agency is in fact distinct from and broader than autonomy or freedom considered alone. ...

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2 Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Intimate Partner Violence and the Agency in “Victim”

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pp. 37-92

In this chapter and the next two, I use the theory developed in the previous chapter to examine the multifaceted nature of agency and choice in women’s lives by considering how agency develops and is deployed. In looking at agency in particular contexts, I consider together the devel - opment of internal capacities for autonomy and the external relations ...

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3 Mum’s the Word: Assisted Reproduction and the Ideology of Motherhood

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pp. 93-133

In 1970, Shulamith Firestone argued that reproductive technology would be the key to a radical feminist future, severing the essential conflating of “woman” with “mother.” Forty years later, new reproductive technol ogies have hit the mainstream, solidifying pronatalist ideals rather than severing them from the definition of “woman.”1 Indeed, perhaps ...

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4 Working It: Prostitution and the Social Construction of Sexual Desire

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pp. 135-184

Prostitution engages questions of freedom and autonomy as it is undertaken by some women with severely limited options and by other women with many options, and the confluence of their analyses of what they are doing and why helps to lay bare the constitutive effects of external options on the social construction of sexual desire. That sex work is engaged in by women from across the economic spectrum—although ...

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5 Agency and Feminist Politics: The Role of Democratic Coalitions

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pp. 185-219

If agency is a temporally and structurally situated process of becoming a subject with others, what are the political possibilities for intervening overtly in the subjectification process? Although many sites and practices might potentially foster the core competencies of agency, I focus here on what has long been a central component of feminist activism: coalition politics. ...

NOTES

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pp. 221-250

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 251-268

INDEX

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pp. 269-286