Analyzing Jessica Benjamin’s Theory

Jessica Benjamin challenges the ways of sociology with her theory on power and identity. Bonds of Love is an extensive take on her beliefs, but every word she says draws more understanding of her ideology. Benjamin believes in individuality and the concept that an individual needs to connect with another individual. We can and should recognize other individuals and feel both similar and different from each other. She believes the mutual recognition of each other as a subject must be equal. If one doesn’t recognize another as a subject, it tarnishes a relationship. Benjamin believes that power comes from ones lack of attention to another, creating an unknowing superiority. Domination and submission are the consequential roles when a subject fails to fully recognize another subject. Jessica Benjamin’s theory of power and subjectivity is very unique, but logical. The cognitive and sociological side of relationships is rarely investigated and Benjamin created a whole new ideology on it.

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