Feminist Perspectives on Law & Theory

Front Cover
Ralph Sandland, Janice Richardson
Cavendish Publishing, 2000 - Law - 250 pages

What is the link between the way in which women are viewed as an aberration within law - such that pregnant women initially had to be compared with sick men to claim unfair dismissal - and the view of women as monstrous within philosophy?

This book uses the failure of women to fit within male models of both law and theory as a way to rethink legal questions,including the meaning of equality, freedom, justice and citizenship. This includes concern about the way in which queer theory and critical race theory - as well as issues of class - intersect with feminist theory today. It also raises issues about the relationship between political theory and practice and the productive intersection between debates within law, philosophy and feminism.

This collection of essays on feminist legal theory therefore provides an interdisciplinary approach, drawn not only from law and philosophy, but also from cultural and womens studies. Feminism may still be on the margins of both law and philosophy, yet it has the ability to disrupt both.

This book moves beyond a feminist critique of existing frameworks to the constructive project of reworking theory from within. It goes beyond debates of traditional jurisprudence to draw its tools from the growing body of work on feminist philosophy - including the writings of Luce Irigaray, Drucilla Cornell and Christine Battersby - which intersect both contemporary continental philosophy and critical legal theory.

both law and philosophy, yet it has the ability to disrupt both.

This book moves beyond a feminist critique of existing frameworks to the constructive project of reworking theory from within. It goes beyond debates of traditional jurisprudence to draw its tools from the growing body of work on feminist philosophy - including the writings of Luce Irigaray, Drucilla Cornell and Christine Battersby - which intersect both contemporary continental philosophy and critical legal theory.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

FEMINISM LAW AND THEORY
1
PARTI
23
AN IMPOSSIBLE GLOBAL JUSTICE?
53
THE DECLARATION OF IRIGARAYAN SEXUATE
71
BEYOND
89
FEMINIST METAPHYSICS AND LAW
119
EQUALITY IN THE LAW AND IRIGARAYS
135
AN EMPTY CONCEPT?
153
LAW THEORY AND POLITICS
167
ISLAMIC FEMINISM AND THE EXEMPLARY PAST
187
RETHINKING SHAME THROUGH
209
Bibliography
229
Index
241
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information