Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives / Edition 1

Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives / Edition 1

by Mary Lyndon Shanley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271017252

ISBN-13: 9780271017259

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: Penn State University Press

In this volume, a companion to Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory (Penn State, 1991) edited by Mary Lyndon Shanley and Carole Pateman, leading feminist theorists rethink the traditional concepts of political theory and expand the range of problems and concerns regarded as central to the analysis of political life. Written by well-known scholars in

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In this volume, a companion to Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory (Penn State, 1991) edited by Mary Lyndon Shanley and Carole Pateman, leading feminist theorists rethink the traditional concepts of political theory and expand the range of problems and concerns regarded as central to the analysis of political life. Written by well-known scholars in philosophy, political science, sociology, and law, the book provides a rich interdisciplinary account of key issues in political thought.

While some of the chapters discuss traditional concepts such as rights, power, freedom, and citizenship, others argue that topics less frequently discussed in political theory—such as the family, childhood, dependency, compassion and suffering—are just as significant for an understanding of political life. The Introduction shows how such diverse topics can be linked together and how feminist political theory can be elaborated systematically if it takes notions of independence and dependency, public and private, and power and empowerment as central to its agenda.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271017259
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Editors' Note
Introduction: Contentious Concepts
1Alchemy or Fool's Gold? Assessing Feminist Doubts about Rights1
2Decoding "Dependency": Inscriptions of Power in a Keyword of the US Welfare State25
3Towards a Feminist Vision of Citizenship: Rethinking the Implications of Dignity, Political Participation, and Nationality48
4The Jurispolitics of Privacy68
5Revisioning the Family: Relational Rights and Responsibilities84
6Political Children: Reflections on Hannah Arendt's Distinction between Public and Private Life109
7The Heady Political Life of Compassion128
8Feminism and Power144
9Rethinking Anarchism/Rethinking Power: A Contemporary Feminist Perspective158
10Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence against Women of Color178
11The Theory and Practice of Freedom: The Case of Battered Women194
Suggestions for Further Reading211
Index217

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