Contract and Domination / Edition 1

Contract and Domination / Edition 1

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by Carole Pateman, Charles Mills, Charles W. Mills, Charles W. Mills
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745640044

ISBN-13: 9780745640044

Pub. Date: 12/04/2007

Publisher: Wiley

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745640044
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/04/2007
Series:
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Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
439,104
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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

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hqsf More than 1 year ago
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.