Justice, Gender, and the Family

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In the first feminist critique of modern political theory, Okin shows how the failure to apply theories of justice to the family not only undermines our most cherished democratic values but has led to a major crisis over gender-related issues.

"...opens for debate the challenges to prevailing social institutions which come from taking women and children seriously."--Martha Minow, Professor

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Overview

In the first feminist critique of modern political theory, Okin shows how the failure to apply theories of justice to the family not only undermines our most cherished democratic values but has led to a major crisis over gender-related issues.

"...opens for debate the challenges to prevailing social institutions which come from taking women and children seriously."--Martha Minow, Professor

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Boston Globe
A tough, brilliant book...It doesn't let anybody get away with sexism.
Library Journal
Okin, also author of Women in Western Political Thought ( LJ 1/15/80), here is concerned with the lack of justice experienced by American women in both the public and private spheres. Lack of justice in the private sphere of gender-structured marriage leads to a lack of justice in the public sphere of the work place, the professions, and politics. Marriage makes women vulnerable due to the devaluation of human reproductive work and the persistence of a traditional division of labor within marriage. Divorce compounds the problem since it results in poverty for many women. This is a strong study of the contradictions in a democratic form of government, but Okin's recommendations lack analysis and are not fully linked to the political and economic arena. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate collections.-- Eleanor A. Schwab, South Dakota State Univ., Brookings
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465037032
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 695,781
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Moller Okin is a professor of politics at Stanford University.

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