Autonomy, Gender, Politics / Edition 1

Autonomy, Gender, Politics / Edition 1

by Marilyn F. Friedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195138511

ISBN-13: 9780195138511

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Women have historically been prevented from living autonomously by systematic injustice, subordination, and oppression. The lingering effects of these practices have prompted many feminists to view autonomy with suspicion. Here, Marilyn Friedman defends the ideal of feminist autonomy. In her eyes, behavior is autonomous if it accords with the wants, cares, values,

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Women have historically been prevented from living autonomously by systematic injustice, subordination, and oppression. The lingering effects of these practices have prompted many feminists to view autonomy with suspicion. Here, Marilyn Friedman defends the ideal of feminist autonomy. In her eyes, behavior is autonomous if it accords with the wants, cares, values, or commitments that the actor has reaffirmed and is able to sustain in the face of opposition. By her account, autonomy is socially grounded yet also individualizing and sometimes socially disruptive, qualities that can be ultimately advantageous for women. Friedman applies the concept of autonomy to domains of special interest to women. She defends the importance of autonomy in romantic love, considers how social institutions should respond to women who choose to remain in abusive relationships, and argues that liberal societies should tolerate minority cultural practices that violate women's rights so long as the women in question have chosen autonomously to live according to those practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138511
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

IThe Basic Account
1A Conception of Autonomy3
2Autonomy and Its Discontents30
3Values of Autonomy56
IIThe Social Context
4Autonomy and Social Relationships: Rethinking the Feminist Critique81
5Autonomy, Social Disruption, and Women98
IIIIntimate Relationships
6Romantic Love and Personal Autonomy115
7Domestic Violence against Women and Autonomy140
IVThe Larger Political System
8John Rawls and the Political Coercion of Unreasonable People163
9Cultural Minorities and Women's Rights179
Notes205
References231
Index243

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