Legal Feminism: Activism, Lawyering, and Legal Theory

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In the late 1970s, feminist scholars and activists joined together to build a movement aimed at bringing feminist theory and experiences to the practice and teaching of American law. Since then, the feminist jurisprudence movement has taken root, with courts and legislatures addressing matters of sex and gender inequality, and law schools employing feminist and post-feminist theory in the classroom. In this important book, Ann Scales, a founding contributor to the movement, ...

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In the late 1970s, feminist scholars and activists joined together to build a movement aimed at bringing feminist theory and experiences to the practice and teaching of American law. Since then, the feminist jurisprudence movement has taken root, with courts and legislatures addressing matters of sex and gender inequality, and law schools employing feminist and post-feminist theory in the classroom. In this important book, Ann Scales, a founding contributor to the movement, reflects on the past, present, and future of feminist jurisprudence.

Legal Feminism situates the feminist jurisprudence movement within the larger context of Western law and philosophy, focusing first on common problem areas of legal theory and decision-making, and then explaining how feminist jurisprudence can analyze and address these issues in new ways. Throughout, Scales draws on legal disputes to show how feminist theory works in the courtroom and in other real-life arenas.

Part personal memoir, part primer, and part treatise, Legal Feminism is a de-jargonized, lively account of how feminist jurisprudence can solve traditional legal conflicts, and why it matters to anyone committed to building an equitable and progressive society.

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“The living experience of practice imparts a special vitality to Legal Feminism, as does the personal voice. . . . Offers readers a kind of you-are-there viewpoint that law students hunger for and that any legal audience appreciates.”
-Elizabeth Rapaport,Dickason Professor of Law, University of New Mexico

“Ann Scales’ unique vision shines through this jazzy account of feminism, legal theory and the practice of law. Legal Feminism has something for everyone—practicing lawyers, judges, activists and theorists of all stripes. Scales guides us through high theory, gender politics, and important judicial decisions with philosophical sophistication, stylish and passionate prose, and wisdom.”
-Martha Chamallas,Robert J. Lynn Chair, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814798454
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2006
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Scales is an associate professor at the University of Denver College of Law.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Places of Stuckness: Roles, Rules, Facts, and the Liberal View of Human Nature
1 The Rule of Law
2 Certainty and Doubt
3 Intractable Questions
4 The Limits of Liberalism
II Places beyond Stuckness: Feminist Notions, Controversies, and Promises
5 Feminist Legal Theory
6 Feminist Legal Method
7 False Consciousness
8 The Future of Legal Feminism
Notes
Index
About the Author

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