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Universal Difference: Feminism and the Liberal Undecidability of
     

Universal Difference: Feminism and the Liberal Undecidability of "Women"

by Kate Nash
 
This book deals with the relationship between feminism and liberalism in theory and practice. The author argues that rather than seeing liberalism as exclusionary of women's specificity, as many contemporary feminists do, we should look at variations in liberalism, and in particular at its democratization in the nineteenth century and how feminists have used

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This book deals with the relationship between feminism and liberalism in theory and practice. The author argues that rather than seeing liberalism as exclusionary of women's specificity, as many contemporary feminists do, we should look at variations in liberalism, and in particular at its democratization in the nineteenth century and how feminists have used liberalism as a resource. Liberalism is analyzed using a post-structuralist theory of hegemony: texts of liberal political philosophy are deconstructed to show how the term "women" is used as an "undecidable" in the Derridean sense to produce the opposition between feminine private and masculine public spheres; these texts are then linked to liberal-democratic social and political practices, including feminism as a social movement.

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Against those who see liberalism as exclusionary of women's specificity, the author argues that the ambivalent relationship between liberalism and feminism has been productive. She discusses variations in liberalism and its use as a resource for feminists. Although the study looks at texts, the aim is to examine liberalism in practice rather than as a set of ideas. Topics include the critique of liberalism as masculinist, ambivalent anti-patriarchalism, the democratization of liberalism, post-war liberal-democracy and the undecidability of women, and feminist decisions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312210045
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.79(d)

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