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This wide-ranging book responds to and moves beyond recent debates about the relationship between feminism and politics to offer a vision for the future of feminist theory. Leading figures have combined to offer a broad framework through which to articulate a 'new democracy' - one that transgresses the traditional oppositions of equality and difference, sex and gender, essential and constructed, to view the 'political' as complex, layered and relational.
Issues addressed include: gender, ethnicity, culture and sexual orientation, always embracing the multiple terrains and spaces produced by politics.
Introduction PART ONE: NATIONAL VICTIMS - 'Siting/Citing/Sighting the New Democracy'
'Flowers from the Volcano' - Kathleen B Jones The Politics of Responsibility and Perspectives on Violence against Women Feminism of the North and West for Export - Zillah Eisenstein Transnational Capital and the Racializing of Gender Exilic Affinities - Kate Mehuron Diasporic Coalitions in an Epidemic Forgotten History - Karen Engle and Ranjana Khanna Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture See No Evil, Speak No Evil - Renata Salecl Hate Speech and Human Rights PART TWO: PRACTICISING COALITIONS Equality, Difference and Democracy - Nancy Fraser Recent Feminist Debates in the United States Constructing/Deconstructing 'Women' - Manisha Desai Reflections from the Contemporary Women's Movement in India
(Be)Coming Out - Shane Phelan Lesbian Identity and Politics Genealogical Feminism - Lee Quinby A Politic Way of Looking PART THREE: BODILY LOCATIONS Spare Parts, Family Values, Old Children, Cheap - Patricia J Williams The Regulation of Lesbian Sexuality through Erasure - Anna Marie Smith The Case of Jennifer Saunders Performing Theory - Shannon Bell Socrates, Sam, Kate and Scarlot PART FOUR: DEMOCRATIC REFLECTIONS Gender Hierarchy, Equality, and the Possibility of Democracy - Drucilla Cornell Musing as a Feminist in a Postfeminist Era - Patricia S Mann The Reflective Solidarity of Democratic Feminism - Jodi Dean