Sex and Social Justice / Edition 1

Sex and Social Justice / Edition 1

by Martha C. Nussbaum
     
 

Growing out of Nussbaum's years of work with an international development agency connected with the United Nations, this collection charts a feminism that is deeply concerned with the urgent needs of women who live in hunger and illiteracy, or under unequal legal systems. Offering an internationalism informed by development economics and empirical detail, many essays… See more details below

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Growing out of Nussbaum's years of work with an international development agency connected with the United Nations, this collection charts a feminism that is deeply concerned with the urgent needs of women who live in hunger and illiteracy, or under unequal legal systems. Offering an internationalism informed by development economics and empirical detail, many essays take their start from the experiences of women in developing countries. Nussbaum argues for a universal account of human capacity and need, while emphasizing the essential role of knowledge of local circumstance. Further chapters take on the pursuit of social justice in the sexual sphere, exploring the issue of equal rights for lesbians and gay men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195112108
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
943,243
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminism, Internationalism, Liberalism3
Pt. IJustice
1Women and Cultural Universals29
2The Feminist Critique of Liberalism55
3Religion and Women's Human Rights81
4Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation118
5American Women: Preferences, Feminism, Democracy130
6Equity and Mercy154
7A Defense of Lesbian and Gay Rights184
Pt. IISex
8Objectification213
9Rage and Reason240
10Constructing Love, Desire, and Care253
11"Whether from Reason or Prejudice": Taking Money for Bodily Services276
12Platonic Love and Colorado Law: The Relevance of Ancient Greek Norms to Modern Sexual Controversies299
13Sex, Truth, and Solitude332
14Sex, Liberty, and Economics341
15The Window: Knowledge of Other Minds in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse355
Notes375
Name Index463
Subject Index467

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