Feminism and Politics

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Anne Phillips
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Political Science - 471 pages
Series Blurb: Oxford Readings in Feminism provide accessible, one-volume guides to the very best in contemporary feminist thinking, assessing its impact and importance in key areas of study. Collected together by scholars of outstanding reputation in their field, the articles chosen represent the most important work on feminist issues, and concise, lively introductions to each volume crystallize the main line of debate in the field. Is there too much gender in politics, too much stereotyping of female and male? Or is there too little gender, too little attention to differences between women and men? Should feminists be challenging male dominance by opening up politics to women? Or is 'women' a fictitious entity that fails toaddress differences by class or race? Is equality best served by denying differences between the sexes? Or best promoted by stressing the special needs of women? The essays in Feminism and RPolitics answer these questions in a variety of ways, but all see feminism as transforming the way we think aboutand act in politics. Spanning issues of citizenship and political representation, the ambiguities of identity politics, and the problems in legislating forsexual equality, the readings provide an exciting overview of recent developments. This outstanding collection will be essential reading for any feminist who has doubted the importance of political studies, and any student of politics who has doubted the relevance of feminism.

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Anne Phillips is Professor of Politics at London Guildhall University. Her publications include The Politics of Presence (1995), Democracy and Difference (1993), Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates (co-edited with Michele Barrett, 1992), and Engendering Democracy (1991).

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