`This text provides an up to date account of how things currently stand in political philosophy, and will provide an excellent introduction for students from any background. It gives a lucid and careful account of the central controversies and sites of disagreement in political theory over the last thirty years and rather than sacrifice theoretical sophistication and nuance for the sake of clarity and accessibility, it admirably achieves both' - Catriona McKinnon, University of YorkThis comprehensive textbook provides a complete and accessible introduction to the main theorists and issues in contemporary political theory today. The text is organized into two major parts. The first, Contemporary Liberal Theory, outlines four distinct liberal theories of justice to introduce the work of Rawls, Nozick, Gauthier and Dworkin. The second, Alternative Traditions, introduces the theorists and themes associated with four key areas of contemporary debate: communitarianism, multiculturalism, deliberative democracy and feminism. By giving students questions for consideration and using applied examples throughout, the text illustrates the practical relevance of contemporary theoretical debates to everyday issues in policy and politics. The result is an essential overview of all the main traditions, issues and positions in political theory today that will serve as an invaluable resource for all students of contemporary political theory, political ideas and political philosophy. Colin Farrelly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory will complement Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader edited by Colin Farrelly and also published by SAGE Publications.
Chapter 8: Feminism
- Introduction 157
- Liberal Feminism 159
- The Public/Private Dichotomy 164
- The Politics of Difference 169
- Conclusion 174
As a political theory ‘feminism’ covers a wide range of distinct issues and concerns. Some feminists align themselves with liberalism whilst others see liberalism as a thoroughly patriarchal ideology and thus they construct their normative theories in response to what they take the deficiencies of liberalism to be. Depending on which version of feminism one endorses, feminism may or may not be compatible with liberalism or other normative theories, such as communitarianism or multiculturalism. What makes a political theory ‘feminist’ is the emphasis it places on eliminating the oppression of women. Thus a liberal feminist believes that a liberal framework of rights, correctly conceived, could put an end to the subordination of ...