Contract and Domination / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $21.60
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 19%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $21.60   
  • New (5) from $21.60   
  • Used (1) from $22.04   
Sort by
Showing 11 – 10 of 0
We’re having technical difficulties. Please try again shortly.
Showing 11 – 10 of 0
Sort by


Contract and Domination offers a bold challenge to contemporary contract theory, arguing that it should either be fundamentally rethought or abandoned altogether. Since the publication of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, contract theory has once again become central to the Western political tradition. But gender justice is neglected and racial justice almost completely ignored.

Carole Pateman and Charles Mills's earlier books, The Sexual Contract (1988) and The Racial Contract (1997), offered devastating critiques of gender and racial domination and the contemporary contract tradition's silence on them. Both books have become classics of revisionist radical democratic political theory. Now Pateman and Mills are collaborating for the first time in an interdisciplinary volume, drawing on their insights from political science and philosophy. They are building on but going beyond their earlier work to bring the sexual and racial contracts together.

In Contract and Domination, Pateman and Mills discuss their differences about contract theory and whether it has a useful future, excavate the (white) settler contract that created new civil societies in North America and Australia, argue via a non-ideal contract for reparations to black Americans, confront the evasions of contemporary contract theorists, explore the intersections of gender and race and the global sexual-racial contract, and reply to their critics.

This iconoclastic book throws the gauntlet down to mainstream white male contract theory. It is vital reading for anyone with an interest in political theory and political philosophy, and the systems of male and racial domination.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An extraordinarily helpful and enlightening work for both non-contract and contract theorists alike, and for everyone concerned with racial, gender and class inequality."
Political Studies Review

"Charles Mills and Carole Pateman are two exemplary philosophers of freedom. This book is a grand contribution to our understanding of justice. Don't miss it!"
Cornel West, Princeton University

"A provocative book that hopefully will generate intense debate and discussion."
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

"Engaging and often thought-provoking ... [Contract and Domination] raises good questions and portends more research into the continued viability of contracts as a basis for thinking about law."
Law and Politics Book Review

"This is the most sustained intersectional analysis of race and gender to date, providing a theoretical account of how these categories connect, overlap, mediate one another, and comparatively structure oppression. It is also a debate in political philosophy over the utility of the contract model for conceptualizing a more just society. The disagreements between the authors will make this book especially fruitful for classroom use."
Lind Martin Alcoff, Syracuse University

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745640044
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Series: Please Select a Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 468,916
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Pateman is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Charles W. Mills isJohn Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1
Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills

1 Contract and Social Change 10
A Dialogue between Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills

2 The Settler Contract 35
Carole Pateman

3 The Domination Contract 79
Charles W. Mills

4 Contract of Breach: Repairing the Racial Contract 106
Charles W. Mills

5 Race, Sex, and Indifference 134
Carole Pateman

6 Intersecting Contracts 165
Charles W. Mills

7 On Critics and Contract 200
Carole Pateman

8 Reply to Critics 230
Charles W. Mills

References 267

Index 296

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 9, 2010

    must read for all political philosophers

    Both Mills and Pateman are great writers. They bring up relevant examples to back up their critique of contract theory. Anyone who is in critical theory will love this book because the authors setup groundwork for other philosophers of color/gender to be able to critique mainstream political and social philosophy. The book does not provide an overriding theory like political philosophers generally do, but rather is an honest look at how traditional philosophy has failed minorities and left them out of theory construction. I definitely recommend this book to all political philosophers, but don't expect it to answer your questions of normative theory construction.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)