Feminism, the Public and the Private

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This latest volume in the Oxford Readings in Feminism series presents the results of a multi-disciplinary feminist exploration of the distinction between public and private. Contributors demonstrate the significance of the distinction in feminist theory, its articulation in the modern and late-modern public spheres, and its impact upon identity politics as experienced within feminism in recent years. Feminism, the Public, and the Private offers an essential perspective on feminist theory for students and teachers of women's and gender studies, cultural studies, history, political theory, geography, and sociology.
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"Landes has done a great service in bringing these previously published essays together. All are stimulating; many are truly excellent."--Hypatia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198752035
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford Readings in Feminism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan B. Landes is Professor of Women's Studies and History at Penn State University. She has published articles on a wide range of topics in the social science field, from critiques of Hegel and Habermas to representations of the body, and has worked in depth on many aspects of the French Revolution.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
I The Public/Private Distinction in Feminist Theory
1 Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture? 21
2 Citizenship with a Feminist Face: The Problem with Maternal Thinking 45
3 Models of Public Space: Hannah Arendt, the Liberal Tradition, and Jurgen Habermas 65
4 Toward an Agonistic Feminism: Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Identity 100
II Gender in the Modern Liberal Public Sphere
5 The Public and the Private Sphere: A Feminist Reconsideration 135
6 Regarding Some 'Old Husbands' Tales': Public and Private in Feminist History 164
7 Gender and Public Access: Women's Politics in Nineteenth-Century America 195
8 The Inviolable Woman: Feminist Conceptions of Citizenship in Australia, 1900-1945 223
9 The Patriarchal Welfare State 241
III Gendered Sites in the Late Modern Public Sphere
10 Live Sex Acts (Parental Advisory: Explicit Material) 277
11 An Interview with Barbara Kruger 302
12 Sex, Lies, and the Public Sphere: Reflections on the Confirmation of Clarence Thomas 314
13 On Being the Object of Property 338
14 All Hyped Up and No Place to Go 359
15 Celebrity Material: Materialist Feminism and the Culture of Celebrity 385
16 Hillary's Husband Re-elected! The Clinton Marriage of Politics and Power 409
IV Public and Private Identity: Questions for a Feminist Public Sphere
17 Impartiality and the Civic Public: Some Implications of Feminist Critiques of Moral and Political Theory 421
18 Wounded Attachments: Late Modern Oppositional Political Formations 448
19 Dealing with Difference: A Politics of Ideas or a Politics of Presence? 475
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