Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives

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In this volume 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. The book will be of interest to a wide audience concerned with the study of gender, and to all those in political science, philosophy, legal studies, ...
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Overview

In this volume 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. The book will be of interest to a wide audience concerned with the study of gender, and to all those in political science, philosophy, legal studies, and women's studies who are interested in the way in which political theory and practice can be fruitfully reconceived with the help of feminist perspectives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745617978
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/10/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Uma Narayan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Mary Lyndon Shanley is Professor of Political Science, both at Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Editors' Note
Introduction: Contentious Concepts
1 Alchemy or Fool's Gold? Assessing Feminist Doubts about Rights 1
2 Decoding "Dependency": Inscriptions of Power in a Keyword of the US Welfare State 25
3 Towards a Feminist Vision of Citizenship: Rethinking the Implications of Dignity, Political Participation, and Nationality 48
4 The Jurispolitics of Privacy 68
5 Revisioning the Family: Relational Rights and Responsibilities 84
6 Political Children: Reflections on Hannah Arendt's Distinction between Public and Private Life 109
7 The Heady Political Life of Compassion 128
8 Feminism and Power 144
9 Rethinking Anarchism/Rethinking Power: A Contemporary Feminist Perspective 158
10 Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence against Women of Color 178
11 The Theory and Practice of Freedom: The Case of Battered Women 194
Suggestions for Further Reading 211
Index 217
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