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Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

  • Author: Brooke A. Ackerly
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521659840
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 234
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In Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism, first published in 2000, Brooke Ackerly demonstrates the shortcomings of contemporary deliberative democratic theory, relativism and essentialism for guiding the practice of social criticism in the real, imperfect world. Drawing theoretical implications from the activism of Third World feminists who help bring to public audiences the voices of women silenced by coercion, Brooke Ackerly provides a practicable model of social criticism. She argues that feminist critics have managed to achieve in practice what other theorists do only incompletely in theory. Complemented by Third World feminist social criticism, deliberative democratic theory becomes critical theory - actionable, coherent, and self-reflective. While a complement to democratic theory, Third World feminist social criticism also addresses the problem in feminist theory associated with attempts to deal with identity politics. Third World feminist social criticism thus takes feminist theory beyond the critical impasse of the tension between anti-relativist and anti-essentialist feminist theory.

Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

  • Author: Brooke A. Ackerly
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521650199
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 248
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Drawing on theoretical insights from Third World women's activism, Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism develops democratic theory as a critical theory relevant to dealing with real world inequalities. Brooke Ackerly examines the methods by which real world feminist activists have criticized society, and argues that their activities show how feminist theory can move beyond its theoretical impasse toward articulating social criticism with critical teeth. Her book will be of interest to political and social theorists, and to students and scholars of women's studies, feminism, and human rights.

Hegel and Feminist Social Criticism

Hegel and Feminist Social Criticism

Justice, Recognition, and the Feminine

  • Author: Jeffrey A. Gauthier
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791433638
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 233
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This book draws mutually enlightening parallels between controversial themes in contemporary feminist thought and Hegel's political philosophy. Jeffrey A. Gauthier argues that feminism can gainfully employ Hegel's historicizing of Kant's ethics of universality, as well as his socializing of Kant's conception of autonomy, in defense of a number of controversial feminist claims. Hegel and Feminist Social Criticism brings the Hegelian texts into a critical dialogue with the work of a number of important contemporary feminist theorists, including Annette Baier, Cheshire Calhoun, Drucilla Cornell, Marilyn Friedman, Marilyn Frye, Sandra Harding, Luce Irigaray, Alison Jaggar, Helen Longino, and Catharine MacKinnon. In a series of discussions taking up issues such as consciousness-raising, standpoint theory, sexist agency, critiques of universalism, the emotions, systematic violence against women, and "difference" theory, the book offers a sustained argument not only for the importance of Hegel for feminist thought but for the significance of feminism in clarifying and developing certain key Hegelian ideas as well.

Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

  • Author: Brooke A. Ackerly
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521659840
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 234
  • View: 3225
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In Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism, first published in 2000, Brooke Ackerly demonstrates the shortcomings of contemporary deliberative democratic theory, relativism and essentialism for guiding the practice of social criticism in the real, imperfect world. Drawing theoretical implications from the activism of Third World feminists who help bring to public audiences the voices of women silenced by coercion, Brooke Ackerly provides a practicable model of social criticism. She argues that feminist critics have managed to achieve in practice what other theorists do only incompletely in theory. Complemented by Third World feminist social criticism, deliberative democratic theory becomes critical theory - actionable, coherent, and self-reflective. While a complement to democratic theory, Third World feminist social criticism also addresses the problem in feminist theory associated with attempts to deal with identity politics. Third World feminist social criticism thus takes feminist theory beyond the critical impasse of the tension between anti-relativist and anti-essentialist feminist theory.

Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism

Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism

  • Author: Ewa Płonowska Ziarek
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231161492
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 265
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Ewa Ziarek fully articulates a feminist aesthetics, focusing on the struggle for freedom in women's literary and political modernism and the devastating impact of racist violence and sexism. She examines the contradiction between women's transformative literary and political practices and the oppressive realities of racist violence and sexism, and she situates these tensions within the entrenched opposition between revolt and melancholia in studies of modernity and within the friction between material injuries and experimental aesthetic forms. Ziarek's political and aesthetic investigations concern the exclusion and destruction of women in politics and literary production and the transformation of this oppression into the inaugural possibilities of writing and action. Her study is one of the first to combine an in-depth engagement with philosophical aesthetics, especially the work of Theodor W. Adorno, with women's literary modernism, particularly the writing of Virginia Woolf and Nella Larsen, along with feminist theories on the politics of race and gender. By bringing seemingly apolitical, gender-neutral debates about modernism's experimental forms together with an analysis of violence and destroyed materialities, Ziarek challenges both the anti-aesthetic subordination of modern literature to its political uses and the appreciation of art's emancipatory potential at the expense of feminist and anti-racist political struggles.

Feminisms

Feminisms

An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism

  • Author: Robyn R. Warhol,Diane Price Herndl
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 9780813523897
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 1207
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In the landmark 1991 edition of Feminisms, Robyn Warhol and Diane Price Herndl assembled the most comprehensive collection of American and British feminist literary criticism ever published. In this revised edition, the editors have updated the volume, in keeping with the expanding parameters of feminist literary discourse. With the inclusion of more than two dozen new essays, along with a major reorganization of the sections in which they appear, Warhol and Price Herndl have again established the measure for representing the latest developments in the field of feminist literary theory. Believing that the feminist movement can only move forward "where difference commands attention, not dismissal or negativism," they have continued the original collection's mission of providing a multiplicity of perspectives and approaches. This revised edition contains three new sections ("Conflict," "Gaze," and "Practice") and includes more selections by and about women of color and lesbians.

Just Responsibility

Just Responsibility

A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice

  • Author: Brooke A. Ackerly
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019066293X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 312
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It has been well-established that many of the injustices that people around the world experience every day, from food insecurity to unsafe labor conditions and natural disasters, are the result of wide-scale structural problems of politics and economics. These are not merely random personal problems or consequences of bad luck or bad planning. Confronted by this fact, it is natural to ask what should or can we do to mitigate everyday injustices? In one sense, we answer this question when we buy the local homeless street newspaper, decide where to buy our clothes, remember our reusable bags when we shop, donate to disaster relief, or send letters to corporations about labor rights. But given the global scale of injustices related to poverty, environmental change, gender, and labor, can these individual acts really impact the seemingly intractable global social, political, and economic structures that perpetuate and exacerbate them? Moreover, can we respond to injustices in the world in ways that do more than just address their consequences? In this book, Brooke A. Ackerly both answers the question of what should we do, and shows that it's the wrong question to ask. To ask the right question, we need to ground our normative theory of global justice in the lived experience of injustice. Using a feminist critical methodology, she argues that what to do about injustice is not just an ethical or moral question, but a political question about assuming responsibility for injustice, regardless of our causal responsibility and extent of our knowledge of the injustice. Furthermore, it is a matter that needs to be guided by principles of human rights. As she argues, while many understand human rights as political goals or entitlements, they can also guide political strategy. Her aims are twofold: to present a theory of what it means to take responsibility for injustice and for ensuring human rights, as well as to develop a guide for how to take responsibility in ways that support local and global movements for transformative politics. In order to illustrate her theory and guide for action, Ackerly draws on fieldwork on the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, the food crisis of 2008, and strategies from 125 activist organizations working on women's and labor rights across 26 countries. Just Responsibility integrates these ways of taking political responsibility into a rich theory of political community, accountability, and leadership in which taking responsibility for injustice itself transforms the fabric of political life.

Feminist Social and Political Theory

Feminist Social and Political Theory

Contemporary Debates and Dialogues

  • Author: Janice McLaughlin
  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN: 0230629563
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 225
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This text introduces students to both feminism and other social and political theories via an examination of the inter-relationship between different feminist positions and key contemporary debates. The book takes each debate in turn, outlining the main themes and feminist responses.

Modern Political Theory and Contemporary Feminism

Modern Political Theory and Contemporary Feminism

A Dialectical Analysis

  • Author: Jennifer Ring
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791407530
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 229
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A deep grappling, within a feminist, Marxist, Hegelian, dialectal framework, with the problems of both conservative and liberal feminist epistemologies as they confront the concepts of objectivity and subjectivity in relation to feminist theory. Ring has thoroughly assimilated all of the countervaling currents and presents her critique with uncommon clarity. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Feminist Reader

The Feminist Reader

Essays in Gender and the Politics of Literary Criticism

  • Author: Catherine Belsey,Jane Moore
  • Publisher: Blackwell Pub
  • ISBN: 9781577181309
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 265
  • View: 2437
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Offering vital readings from today's leading theorists, this new, comprehensive edition of a highly successful anthology examines the implications of the patriarchal nature of the literary canon and the relative exclusion of women from early literary history. The volume is fully annotated and includes a glossary of unfamiliar terms, suggestions for further reading, and an updated Introduction.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

  • Author: John S. Dryzek,Bonnie Honig,Anne Phillips
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199548439
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 883
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Oxford Handbooks of Political Science are the essential guide to the state of political science today. With engaging contributions from 51 major international scholars, the Oxford Handbook of Political Theory provides the key point of reference for anyone working in political theory and beyond.

The Disorder of Women

The Disorder of Women

Democracy, Feminism, and Political Theory

  • Author: Carole Pateman
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780804717656
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 228
  • View: 6185
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Carole Pateman is one of the leading political theorists writing today. This wide-ranging volume brings together for the first time a selection of her work on democratic theory and feminist criticism of mainstream political theory. The volume includes substantial discussions of problems of democracy, citizenship and the welfare state, including the largely unrecognized difficulties surrounding women's participation. The inclusion of essays from both a mainstream and feminist perspective provides concrete examples of the differences between these two approaches to democracy, to questions of consent and political obligation, and to the relationship between the private and public spheres. This scholarly and highly challenging work will be of interest to students and researchers in political theory, political science, women's studies and sociology.

Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism

Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism

A Norton Reader

  • Author: Sandra M. Gilbert,Susan Gubar
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton
  • ISBN: 9780393927900
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 997
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With selections by more than 100 writers and scholars, the Reader is an ideal companion for literature surveys where critical and theoretical texts are featured, as well as a rich, flexible core text for advanced courses in feminist theory and criticism. The Reader can be packaged with the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Third Edition, at a substantial discount.

A History of Feminist Literary Criticism

A History of Feminist Literary Criticism

  • Author: Gill Plain,Susan Sellers
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9781139465823
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: N.A
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Feminism has transformed the academic study of literature, fundamentally altering the canon of what is taught and setting new agendas for literary analysis. In this authoritative history of feminist literary criticism, leading scholars chart the development of the practice from the Middle Ages to the present. The first section of the book explores protofeminist thought from the Middle Ages onwards, and analyses the work of pioneers such as Wollstonecraft and Woolf. The second section examines the rise of second-wave feminism and maps its interventions across the twentieth century. A final section examines the impact of postmodernism on feminist thought and practice. This book offers a comprehensive guide to the history and development of feminist literary criticism and a lively reassessment of the main issues and authors in the field. It is essential reading for all students and scholars of feminist writing and literary criticism.

Feminism and Equality

Feminism and Equality

  • Author: Anne Phillips
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 9780814766057
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 202
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Ecofeminist Natures

Ecofeminist Natures

Race, Gender, Feminist Theory and Political Action

  • Author: Noel Sturgeon
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317959019
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 272
  • View: 477
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Examining the development of ecofeminism from the 1980s antimilitarist movement to an internationalist ecofeminism in the 1990s, Sturgeon explores the ecofeminist notions of gender, race, and nature. She moves from detailed historical investigations of important manifestations of US ecofeminism to a broad analysis of international environmental politics.

The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory

The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory

  • Author: Ellen Rooney
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139826638
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: N.A
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Feminism has dramatically influenced the way literary texts are read, taught and evaluated. Feminist literary theory has deliberately transgressed traditional boundaries between literature, philosophy and the social sciences in order to understand how gender has been constructed and represented through language. This lively and thought-provoking Companion presents a range of approaches to the field. Some of the essays demonstrate feminist critical principles at work in analysing texts, while others take a step back to trace the development of a particular feminist literary method. The essays draw on a range of primary material from the medieval period to postmodernism and from several countries, disciplines and genres. Each essay suggests further reading to explore this field further. This is the most accessible guide available both for students of literature new to this developing field, and for students of gender studies and readers interested in the interactions of feminism, literary criticism and literature.

The Oppositional Imagination

The Oppositional Imagination

Feminism, Critique and Political Theory

  • Author: Joan Cocks
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0415635209
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 264
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The Oppositional Imagination draws together elements from Marxism, analytical philosophy, post-structuralism, and post-colonial criticism to analyse the elusive interplay of culture and power. It focuses its attention on cultural domination, opposition and evasion in the realm of sex and gender. Joan Cocks reflects on questions crucial to both political theorists and feminists: the relationship between political theory and practical life; the possibility of bringing together a philosophical and a literary language to comprehend and evoke concrete experience; and the reconciliation of radical political commitment with an appreciation of shades of grey in the social world. She explores the variety of ways in which power and eroticism intersect; the liberating and tyrannical impulses of marginal cultures; and the place of the loyalist, the eccentric, the critic, the traitor, and the rebel in the sexual struggle. The Oppositional Imagination reaffirms the centrality of political theory and feminist practice while at the same time challenging certain of their key principles in thought-provoking ways.

Retrieving Experience

Retrieving Experience

Subjectivity and Recognition in Feminist Politics

  • Author: Sonia Kruks
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780801484179
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 200
  • View: 362
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In Retrieving Experience, Sonia Kruks engages critically with the postmodern turn in feminist and social theory. She contends that, although postmodern analyses yield important insights about the place of discourse in constituting subjectivity, they lack the ability to examine how experience often exceeds the limits of discourse. To address this lack and explain why it matters for feminist politics, Kruks retrieves and employs aspects of postwar French existential theory—a tradition that, she argues, postmodernism has obscured by militantly rejecting its own genealogy.Kruks seeks to refocus our attention on the importance for feminism of embodied and "lived" experiences. Through her original readings of Simone de Beauvoir and other existential thinkers—including Sartre, Fanon, and Merleau-Ponty—and her own analyses inspired by their work, Kruks sheds new light on central problems in feminist theory and politics. These include debates about subjectivity and individual agency; questions about recognition and identity politics; and discussion of whether embodied experiences may sometimes facilitate solidarity among groups of different women.

Reconstructing Political Theory

Reconstructing Political Theory

Feminist Perspectives

  • Author: Mary Lyndon Shanley,Uma Narayan
  • Publisher: Penn State Press
  • ISBN: 9780271017259
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 225
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In this volume, a companion to Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory (Penn State, 1991) edited by Mary Lyndon Shanley and Carole Pateman, leading feminist theorists rethink the traditional concepts of political theory and expand the range of problems and concerns regarded as central to the analysis of political life. Written by well-known scholars in philosophy, political science, sociology, and law, the book provides a rich interdisciplinary account of key issues in political thought. While some of the chapters discuss traditional concepts such as rights, power, freedom, and citizenship, others argue that topics less frequently discussed in political theory--such as the family, childhood, dependency, compassion and suffering--are just as significant for an understanding of political life. The Introduction shows how such diverse topics can be linked together and how feminist political theory can be elaborated systematically if it takes notions of independence and dependency, public and private, and power and empowerment as central to its agenda.