Alison Assiter

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Alison Assiter
Born (1949-10-23) 23 October 1949 (age 69)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Sussex
Thesis The limits of Althusserianism (1984)
Academic work
Institutions University of the West of England
Main interests Feminist philosophy, feminist theory, Political philosophy
Notable works Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth

Alison Assiter (born October 23, 1949),[1] FRSA, FAcSS[2] is the Professor of Feminist Theory at the University of the West of England.[3]


Assiter gained her degree from Bristol University, her B.Phil. from Oxford,[3] and her D.Phil. from Sussex University in 1984[4]


In the early 2000s, Assiter was the dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Science at UWE Bristol,[5] and the London School of Economics visiting professor of sociology in January 2006.[6]

Assiter's book Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth was described as "an important contribution to the general subject matter of realizable well-being"[7] and "illuminating and thought-provoking".[8] It has also been reviewed by Times Higher Education.[9]



  • Assiter, Alison (1989). Pornography, feminism, and the individual. London Winchester, Mass: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745303192.
  • Assiter, Alison (1990). Althusser and feminism. London Winchester, Mass: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745302942.
  • Assiter, Alison; Shaw, Eileen (1993). Using records of achievement in higher education. London Philadelphia: Kogan Page. ISBN 9780749411114.
  • Assiter, Alison; Carol, Avedon (1993). Bad girls and dirty pictures: the challenge to reclaim feminism. London Boulder, Colo: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745305240.
  • Assiter, Alison (1995). Transferable skills in higher education. London Philadelphia: Kogan Page. ISBN 9780749415501.
  • Assiter, Alison (1996). Enlightened women modernist feminism in a postmodern age. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415083386.
  • Assiter, Alison (2003). Revisiting universalism. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780333984529.
  • Assiter, Alison (2009). Kierkegaard, metaphysics and political theory unfinished selves. London New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 9780826498311.
  • Assiter, Alison; Tonon, Margherita (2012). Kierkegaard and the political. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Pub. ISBN 9781443840613.
  • Assiter, Alison (2015). Kierkegaard, Eve, and metaphors of birth. London New York: Rowman & Littlefield International. ISBN 9781783483259.

Journal articles

  • Assiter, Alison (June 1984). "Althusser and structuralism". British Journal of Sociology. London School of Economics. 35 (2): 272–296. doi:10.2307/590235.
  • Assiter, Alison (December 2000). "Feminist epistemology and value". Feminist Theory. Sage Publishing. 1 (3): 329–345. doi:10.1177/1363460706053336.
  • Assiter, Alison (September 2005). "Informed consent: is it sacrosanct?". Research Ethics. Sage Publishing. 1 (3): 77–83. doi:10.1177/174701610500100302.
  • Assiter, Alison (2011). "Kierkegaard, Battersby and feminism". Women: A Cultural Review (special issue, "situating the self"). Taylor and Francis. 22 (2–3): 180–191. doi:10.1080/09574042.2011.561111.
  • Assiter, Alison (June 2013). "Love, Socrates, and pedagogy". Educational Theory. Wiley online. 63 (3): 253–263. doi:10.1111/edth.12022.
  • Assiter, Alison (July 2013). "Kant and Kierkegaard on freedom and evil". Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge Journals Online. 72: 275–296. doi:10.1017/S1358246113000155.


  • Assiter, Alison (12 November 2012), "Code Pink, multiculturalism and relativism", openDemocracy, 50.50 inclusive democracy, London. Retrieved 15 July 2013.

See also


  1. ^ "Assiter, Alison". Library of Congress. Retrieved 16 March 2017. data sheet (b. 10-23-49)
  2. ^ Assiter, Alison. "Member Academicians (list)". Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS). Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Assiter, Alison. "Professor Alison Assiter". University of the West of England. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  4. ^ Assiter, Alison (1984). The limits of Althusserianism (PhD thesis). University of Sussex. OCLC 223725836.
  5. ^ "UWE awarded excellent results for economics and politics (press release)". University of the West of England. 21 December 2001.
  6. ^ Rose, Nikolas (November 2005). "Message from the Convenor" (PDF). Sociology Research News (LSE Newsletter). London School of Economics. 4 (1): 2.
  7. ^ Morgan, Jamie (2011). "Beyond the liberal self". Journal of Critical Realism. Taylor and Francis. 10 (3): 392–409. doi:10.1558/jcr.v10i3.392.
  8. ^ Richardson, Janice (May 2011). "Book Review: Alison Assiter, Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory: Unfinished Selves". European Journal of Women's Studies. Sage. 18 (2): 205–207. doi:10.1177/13505068110180020703.
  9. ^ Sands, Danielle (30 July 2015). "Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth, by Alison Assiter". Times Higher Education. TES Global.

External links

  • Official website

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