The Disorder of Women: Democracy, Feminism, and Political Theory

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Stanford University Press, 1989 - Political Science - 228 pages
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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.


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I was really disappointed in this book. It is a collection of academic papers which ordinary non-academic persons would never read. The first five papers are extremely repetitive. Again and again the ... Read full review

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I am a student at the University of Cambridge and I really appreciated this feminist voice in my reading list on 'needs and welfare'.


Women Love and the Sense
The Fraternal Social Contract
Justifying Political Obligation
Women and Consent
Locke Wolin and the Liberal
Feminist Critiques of the PublicPrivate Dichotomy
A Philosophic Critique
The Patriarchal Welfare State
Feminism and Democracy

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About the author (1989)

Carole Pateman is Reader in Government at the University of Sydney. She is the author of many works including The Sexual Contract.

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