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Hansell, J.H. (2000). Beyond Essentialism and Constructivism: Commentary on Paper by Cynthia Dyess and Tim Dean. Psychoanal. Dial., 10(5):771-774.

(2000). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 10(5):771-774

Beyond Essentialism and Constructivism: Commentary on Paper by Cynthia Dyess and Tim Dean Related Papers

James H. Hansell, Ph.D.

The author comments on Dean and Dyess's “Gender: The Impossibility of Meaning.” They provide a valuable critique, based on Lacan's work, of postmodern gender theories. However, Dean and Dyess's argument for the “impossibility of meaning” in regard to gender may erect a new false dichotomy (gender as endless possibility versus gender as total impossibility) in place of the problematic dichotomy (gender essentialism versus gender constructivism) they so usefully deconstruct.

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