Contract and Domination / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Contract and Domination offers a bold challenge tocontemporary contract theory, arguing that it should either befundamentally rethought or abandoned altogether. Since thepublication of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, contracttheory has once again become central to the Western politicaltradition. But gender justice is neglected and racial justicealmost completely ignored.
Carole Pateman and Charles Mills's earlier books, The SexualContract (1988) and The Racial Contract (1997), offereddevastating critiques of gender and racial domination and thecontemporary contract tradition's silence on them. Both books havebecome classics of revisionist radical democratic political theory.Now Pateman and Mills are collaborating for the first time in aninterdisciplinary volume, drawing on their insights from politicalscience and philosophy. They are building on but going beyond theirearlier work to bring the sexual and racial contractstogether.
In Contract and Domination, Pateman and Mills discusstheir differences about contract theory and whether it has a usefulfuture, excavate the (white) settler contract that created newcivil societies in North America and Australia, argue via anon-ideal contract for reparations to black Americans, confront theevasions of contemporary contract theorists, explore theintersections of gender and race and the global sexual-racialcontract, and reply to their critics.
This iconoclastic book throws the gauntlet down to mainstreamwhite male contract theory. It is vital reading for anyone with aninterest in political theory and political philosophy, and thesystems of male and racial domination.
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About the Author
Carole Pateman is Distinguished Professor of PoliticalScience at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Charles W. Mills isJohn Evans Professor of Moral andIntellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills
1 Contract and Social Change 10A Dialogue between Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills
2 The Settler Contract 35Carole Pateman
3 The Domination Contract 79Charles W. Mills
4 Contract of Breach: Repairing the Racial Contract 106Charles W. Mills
5 Race, Sex, and Indifference 134Carole Pateman
6 Intersecting Contracts 165Charles W. Mills
7 On Critics and Contract 200Carole Pateman
8 Reply to Critics 230Charles W. Mills
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Both Mills and Pateman are great writers. They bring up relevant examples to back up their critique of contract theory. Anyone who is in critical theory will love this book because the authors setup groundwork for other philosophers of color/gender to be able to critique mainstream political and social philosophy. The book does not provide an overriding theory like political philosophers generally do, but rather is an honest look at how traditional philosophy has failed minorities and left them out of theory construction. I definitely recommend this book to all political philosophers, but don't expect it to answer your questions of normative theory construction.