Review: Hanna Meißner (2010). Jenseits des autonomen Subjekts. Zur gesellschaftlichen Konstitution von Handlungsfähigkeit [Beyond Human Autonomy. The Social Constitution of Agency Based on Butler, Foucault and Marx]

  • Lisa Pfahl Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Johanna Hess Alice-Salomon-Hochschule
Keywords: subjectivity, autonomy, heteronomy, diversity, ableism, theory, gender relations, care, disability


Based on the theories of Judith BUTLER, Michel FOUCAULT, and Karl MARX, Hanna MEIßNER analyzes the historical, legal and social conditions of the emergence of subjectivity. She establishes a critical understanding of human autonomy and the potential of practices of resistance in the context of existing conditions. Both MEIßNER's analytical structure and her precise argumentation are convincing. By highlighting the relationship of individual self-determination and collective welfare, this study provides helpful links to different theoretical approaches, particularly to the emerging disciplines of disability studies and diversity studies in Germany.



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Author Biography

Lisa Pfahl, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin