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dc.contributor.authorDavis, George V.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:37:34Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:37:34Zen
dc.date.issued2000-05-09en
dc.identifier.otheretd-05192000-14520045en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32975en
dc.description.abstractRegardless of one's position on what has come to be called postmodern theory, there is no denying that this theoretical perspective is challenging the legitimacy of many of the traditional concepts of political and social theory. Foremost among these challenges is the opposition that postmodern theory pose to any attempt to provide foundational certainty on which subjectivity, our sense of who we are and our place in the world, can be established.

This thesis explores this postmodern "decentering" of subjectivity and argues that is a useful insight for contemporary political theory. Using the work of Judith Butler and William Connolly, I argue that a perspective that refuses to assume any foundational premises on which essential subjectivity can be established leads to a more ethical negotiation of difference and, ultimately, to a re-invigorated democratic ethos that allows for multifarious ways of being to be politically recognized.

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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartFINALTHESISDOC1.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectPostmodernismen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectPolitical Theoryen
dc.subjectSubjectivityen
dc.titleGetting Over the Self: The Decentered Subject and Contemporary Political Theoryen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen
dc.contributor.committeechairWhite, Stephen K.en
dc.contributor.committeememberNelson, Scott G.en
dc.contributor.committeememberHausman, Bernice L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberLuke, Timothy W.en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05192000-14520045/en
dc.date.sdate2000-05-19en
dc.date.rdate2001-05-19en
dc.date.adate2000-05-19en


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