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Contract and Domination / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745640044
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/04/2007
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,152,499
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1
Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills

1 Contract and Social Change 10
A Dialogue between Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills

2 The Settler Contract 35
Carole Pateman

3 The Domination Contract 79
Charles W. Mills

4 Contract of Breach: Repairing the Racial Contract 106
Charles W. Mills

5 Race, Sex, and Indifference 134
Carole Pateman

6 Intersecting Contracts 165
Charles W. Mills

7 On Critics and Contract 200
Carole Pateman

8 Reply to Critics 230
Charles W. Mills

References 267

Index 296

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hqsf More than 1 year ago
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.