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Feminist theory has undergone continuous evolution since its recognized establishment in 1963. Sondra Farganis's insightful volume revisits feminist philosophy's turbulent beginnings, and explores the myriad political and social factors influencing its development during the past three decades. The author also considers the interaction between feminism and the greater women's movement, discussing not only the commonalities but the differences among women of various cultures and experiences. Finally, she recounts four of the most controversial, women-centered court cases of recent years, identifying elements of feminist theory--and how they affected, or were affected by--the social and political context in which they occurred. Inspiring new directions in critical thought and theoretical advancement, Situating Feminism will prove an essential resource for students and professionals in the areas of women's and culture studies, political science, social work, communication, and psychology. “Sondra Farganis does not shy away from rigorous arguments or moral issues, dealing directly with the relationship of postmodernism and feminism, and the concerns that the former undermines the latter. She capably moves among writers like Berger and Luckman, Freire, Habermas, and Butler…. Ultimately, the strength of this book is its ability to present a wide range of feminist political and social theories in a coherent fashion while demonstrating its application to actual real-life situations.” --Affilia “Sondra Farganis has written a concise study on the situation of feminist thought in relation to contemporary social controversies. She analyzes the Nussbaum (domestic violence and victimization), Baby M (motherhood and surrogacy), Sears (employment and affirmative action), and Hill/Thomas (race and sexual harassment) cases in a broad theoretical context. Farganis outlines major themes … and conflicts … within feminist thought, illustrating how these played out in the resolution of the cases.” --Choice

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Conclusion

The writings that come out of the Women's Movement have forced a reconsideration of some central concepts in democratic theory, most particularly (a) whether the public and private are discrete entities, (b) what behavior a person may be held responsible for, and (c) related to this last point, when consent is replaced by coercion. The contemporary discussions on sexual identity unearth serious philosophical considerations on ideas such as individuality and freedom. They harken back to Hobbesian discussion of individuals who, unable to live in that short and brutish fiction called the “state of nature,” contract to set up governments to protect individuals from each other and from the state and allow the latter only that power it needs to protect society and its members ...

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