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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Davis, George V.
Author's Email Address gedavis4@vt.edu
URN etd-05192000-14520045
Title Getting Over the Self: The Decentered Subject and Contemporary Political Theory
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
White, Stephen K. Committee Chair
Hausman, Bernice L. Committee Member
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
Nelson, Scott C. Committee Member
  • Postmodernism
  • Identity
  • Political Theory
  • Subjectivity
Date of Defense 2000-05-09
Availability unrestricted
Regardless 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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