Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer

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NYU Press, 2006 - Law - 235 pages
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At long last, the complex field of feminist legal theory is presented in accessible, teachable form by two of its experts, Nancy Levit and Robert R. M. Verchick. In this outstanding primer, the authors introduce the diverse strands of feminist legal theory and the array of substantive legal issues relevant to women's and gender studies. The book centers on feminist legal theories—including equal treatment theory, cultural feminism, dominance theory, critical race feminism, lesbian feminism, postmodern feminism, and ecofeminism. The authors also address feminist legal methods, such as consciousness raising and storytelling.

The primer demonstrates the ways feminist legal theory operates in real-life contexts, including domestic violence, reproductive rights, workplace discrimination, education, sports, pornography, and global issues of gender. Levit and Verchick highlight a sweeping range of cutting edge topics at the intersection of law and gender, such as single sex schools, women in the military, abortion, same sex marriage, date rape, and the international trafficking in women and girls.

At its core, Feminist Legal Theory shows the importance of the role of law and feminist legal theory in shaping contemporary gender issues.


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Chapter Two Feminist Legal Theories
Chapter Three Feminist Legal Methods
Chapter Four Workplace Discrimination Wages and Welfare
Chapter Five Education and Sports
Charter Schools and Vouchers
E Sexual Harassment in Schools
Chapter Six Gender and the Body
B Contraception
E Questions for Discussion
Chapter Seven Marriage and Family
Child Custody
Chapter Nine Feminist Legal Theory and Globalization
Case Studies
E Questions for Discussion
About the Authors


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Nancy Levit is Curators' and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Robert R.M. Verchick is the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Law at Loyola University New Orleans and Senior Fellow at Tulane University’s School of Social Work. He is the author of Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World.

Martha Minow is the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor at Harvard Law School.

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