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Contradiction as Agency: Self-determination, Transcendence, and Counter-imagination in Third Wave Feminism
Hypatia (2009)
  • Valerie R Renegar, San Diego State University
  • Stacey Sowards, University of Texas at El Paso
Abstract
This essay examines the contradictions often found in third wave feminist texts that function as strategic choices that may shape, foster, and enhance an individual’s sense of agency. Many third wave feminists utilize contradiction as a way to understand emergent identities, to develop new ways of thinking, and to imagine new forms of social action. Agency, then, stems from the use of contradiction as a means of selfdetermination and identity, of transcendence of seemingly forced or dichotomous choices, and counter-imaginations of a better future.
Keywords
  • third wave feminism,
  • contradiction,
  • agency
Disciplines
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Valerie R Renegar and Stacey Sowards. "Contradiction as Agency: Self-determination, Transcendence, and Counter-imagination in Third Wave Feminism" Hypatia Vol. 24 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stacey_sowards/10/