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double bind

A no-win situation. When both of Sally's jobs scheduled her to work on the same day, she was put in a double bind. She needed both incomes and could not afford to lose either position.
See also: bind, double

a double bind

If you describe a situation as a double bind, you mean that the situation is impossible, because you have a problem that you cannot solve without causing another problem. It is the absent dad's double bind: abandon your children and you are attacked as irresponsible; fight to keep contact with them and you are accused of disrupting the child's new family life. Note: You can also say that you are in a double bind or are caught in a double bind. Women are in a double bind: they are expected to act like men, but are criticized when they do.
See also: bind, double
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My White, working-class beginnings thus give rise to a double bind of a different kind: My Whiteness was constructed and constrained by social dynamics and class-based access to the kinds of discourses that create the conditions for critical awareness.
The double bind of the commitment to the named country--which is yet emptied of its name, becoming what a Lacanian might call a parole vide, pushing into a Paris of exile, runs through many permutations.
Guided by the theoretical ideas of social construction of identity and the double bind of masculinity, we posited the following research questions:
Damit sich die Wissenschaft aus dem Double Bind befreien kann, bedarf es einer gesellschaftlichen Debatte uber die Form von Wissenschaft und spezifische Forderziele, die nicht durch Spardiktate und Exzellenz-Anrufungen bestimmt sein sollte, sondern vor allem durch Fragen nach ihrem Beitrag fur nachhaltige Entwicklung.
Because of the double bind, there is often a double (and sometimes triple and quadruple) burden on women leaders to demonstrate competence, get excellent results, and remain likeable and non-threatening.
If cultural critique is itself a double bind, I want to argue, we need to think further about what it might mean to really inhabit its affective ambivalence in our research and analysis--to move towards 'learning of the double bind --not just learning about, it' (Aesthetic Education, pi, italics mine).
In the final chapter of the book, Valente offers particularly sensitive readings of Dubliners' "Counterparts" and the "Cyclops" episode in Ulysses to reveal how Joyce not only rejects the imperial representations of both natural and ethical gender norms, but also simultaneously mocks "the nationalist faith in Irish manliness as a panacea for achieving social and political autonomy" (188), leaving the Irish nationalist no solution except to change entirely the terms of the gender double bind.
Chapter 4, "Reading: Freud, Lacan, Derrida," is, in the author's words, an articulation of "the double bind in a general theory of chronolibido," for "If one is bound to mortal life, the positive can never be released from the negative" (18).
the Revivalist double bind of Irish womanhood," but does so in such a way as to trace it to a "doubly articulated Irish paternalism" (123), a paternalism that relies, as did the political and chivalric discourse of the era, on British cultural standards.
5) writes, "the double bind is a strategy perennially used by those with power against those without.
She has the double bind of seeing her own status as sole gal threatened at the same time as her husband, Peter McDonald as former bike star Greg, begins to go off the rails with dramatic consequences.
This double bind puts buying a first home out of reach for many people.
This issue contains the following articles: (1) Florida's Unnatural Disaster: The State's Economic Bubble Has Burst, Leaving Higher Education in a Double Bind (Jon Marcus); (2) Saudi King's Modern University: Partnerships Are Sought in Attempt to Establish a World-Class Institution (Robert A.
Although I hesitate to conflate a double bind and a Zerreissprobe, they are complementary terms and represent two aspects of the topic under discussion in this anthology.
Mr: Bart's characterization belies a worldview that categorizes ambitious women as overly competitive and puts women in a classic double bind.