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Feminist Legal Theory (New Perspectives on Law, Culture, and Society)

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Our understanding of the law and its potential for reforming social and political norms was dramatically reshaped in the 1980s by the intellectual movement known as feminist legal theory. What makes this new theory so important is the far-reaching challenge it poses to the assumptions embedded in traditional legal doctrine and method as well as the light it sheds on how these assumptions so consistently undercut efforts toward fundamental gender change. Feminist legal theory also suggests how feminist practice might move toward strategies capable of fostering more effective reform.In a carefully balanced and thoughtfully edited collection of classic and new, cutting-edge papers, Katharine Bartlett and Rosanne Kennedy present some of the most provocative and diverse work in this exciting field. The selections reveal the influences of feminist work in philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory, and literary criticism, among other fields. These disciplines have enriched legal theory and provided feminist scholars with more and sharper tools, and the results, as evidenced in this volume, are impressive and encouraging. They are also sobering, in that they force the realization that there is much theoretical and practical work yet to be done, under constraints we are only beginning to fully comprehend.For students of the law, for anyone interested in womens issues, for experienced scholars, and for newcomers, Feminist Legal Theory is not just essential reading but an enduring reference work.

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Feminist Legal Theory is a carefully balanced and thoughtfully edited collection of classic and new papers from the exciting field of feminist legal thought. What makes current feminist legal theory so important is the far-reaching challenge it poses to the assumptions embedded in traditional legal doctrine and method as well as the light it sheds on how these assumptions have so consistently undercut efforts toward fundamental gender change.The papers gathered here reveal the influences of feminist work in philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory, and literary criticism, fields that have enriched legal theory and provided feminist scholars with more and sharper tools, and the results, as evidenced in this volume, are impressive and encouraging. They are also sobering, in that they force the realization that there is much theoretical and practical work yet to be done, under constraints we are only beginning to fully comprehend.

About the Author

Katharine T. Bartlett is professor of law at Duke University School of Law and the author of many articles on family law and feminist legal theory. Rosanne Kennedy is a lecturer in womens studies and English at Australian National University. Katharine T. Bartlett is professor of law at Duke University School of Law and the author of many articles on family law and feminist legal theory. Rosanne Kennedy is a lecturer in womens studies and English at Australian National University.

Table of Contents

  1. The equality crisis / Wendy W. Williams
  2. Reconstructing sexual equality / Christine A. Littleton — Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex / Kimberle Crenshaw — Difference and dominance / Catharine A. MacKinnon — Deconstructing gender / Joan C. Williams — Telling stories about women and work / Vicki Schultz — On being the object of property / Patricia J. Williams — Feminism, Marxism, method, and the state / Catharine A. MacKinnon — Jurisprudence and gender / Robin West
  3. Race and essentialism in feminist legal theory /Angela P. Harris — Feminist jurisprudence / Patricia A. Cain — Deconstructing contract doctrine / Clare Dalton
  4. Statutory rape / Frances Olsen — The dialectic of rights and politics / Elizabeth M. Schneider
  5. Feminist critical theories / Deborah L. Rhode
  6. Feminist reason / Martha Minow — Feminist legal methods / Katharine T. Bartlett — Subordination, rhetorical survival skills, and Sunday shoes / Lucie E. White.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813312484
Editor:
Bartlett, Katharine T.
Editor:
Kennedy, Rosanne
Editor:
Bartlett, Katharine T.
Editor:
Kennedy, Rosanne
Editor:
Editor
Author:
Bartlett, Katherine
Author:
Kennedy, Rosanne
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Legal status, laws, etc.
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Sex discrimination against women
Subject:
Gender & the Law
Subject:
Sex and law
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New Perspectives on Law, Culture, and Society
Series Volume:
101-1053
Publication Date:
19911131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
446
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 24.5 oz

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Feminist Legal Theory is a carefully balanced and thoughtfully edited collection of classic and new papers from the exciting field of feminist legal thought. What makes current feminist legal theory so important is the far-reaching challenge it poses to the assumptions embedded in traditional legal doctrine and method as well as the light it sheds on how these assumptions have so consistently undercut efforts toward fundamental gender change.The papers gathered here reveal the influences of feminist work in philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory, and literary criticism, fields that have enriched legal theory and provided feminist scholars with more and sharper tools, and the results, as evidenced in this volume, are impressive and encouraging. They are also sobering, in that they force the realization that there is much theoretical and practical work yet to be done, under constraints we are only beginning to fully comprehend.
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