Feminism, the Public and the Private

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

EditorJoan B. Landes

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Series Blurb Oxford Readings in Feminism provide accessible, one-volume guides to the very best in contemporary feminist thinking, assessing its impact and importance in key areas of study. Collected together by scholars of outstanding reputation in their field, the articles chosen represent the most important work on feminist issues, and concise, lively introductions to each volume crystallize the main line of debate in the field. The categories of public and private have been at the centre of feminist theory for the past three decades. Focusing on the gendered relations of sexuality and the body, family life and democratic citizenship, feminists have redirected public debate on questions of privacy and publicity. They havechallenged leading theories of the public sphere, adding immeasurably to the historical and cross-cultural understanding of public and private life, from the rise of liberal and democratic institutions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to today's media-saturated public sphere. This volumepresents the results of this multi-disciplinary feminist exploration. Contributors demonstrate the significance of the public/private distinction in feminist theory, its articulation in the modern and late modern public sphere, and its impact on identity politics within feminism in recent years.Feminism, the Public and the Private offers an essential perspective on feminist theory for students and teachers of women's and gender studies, cultural studies, history, political theory, geography and sociology.

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Series Blurb Oxford Readings in Feminism provide accessible, one-volume guides to the very best in contemporary feminist thinking, assessing its impact and importance in key areas of study. Collected together by scholars of outstanding reputation in their field, the articles chosen represent the most important work on feminist iss...

Joan B. Landes is Professor of Women's Studies and History at Penn State University. She has published articles on a wide range of topics in the social science field, from critiques of Hegel and Habermas to representations of the body, and has worked in depth on many aspects of the French Revolution.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:518 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.26 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198752032

ISBN - 13:9780198752035

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Notes on ContributorsJoan B. Landes: IntroductionI. The Public/Private Distinction in Feminist Theory1. Sherry B. Ortner: Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture?2. Mary G. Dietz: Context Is All: Feminism and Theories of Citizenship3. Seyla Benhabib: Models of Public Space: Hannah Arendt, the Liberal Tradition and Jurgen Habermas4. Bonnie Honig: Toward an Agonistic Feminism: Hannah Arendt and the Politics of IdentityII. Gender in the Modern Liberal Public Sphere5. Joan B. Landes: The Public and the Private Sphere: A Feminist Reconsideration6. Leonore Davidoff: Regarding Some `Old Husbands' Tales': Public and Private in Feminist History7. Mary P. Ryan: Gender and Public Access: Women's Politics in Nineteenth-Century America8. Marilyn Lake: The Inviolable Woman: Feminist Conceptions of Citizenship in Australia9. Carole Pateman: The Patriarchal Welfare StateIII. Gendered Sites in the Late Modern Public Sphere10. Lauren Berlant: Live Sex Acts (Parental Advisory: Explicit Material)11. W. J. T. Mitchell: Interview with Barbara Kruger12. Nancy Fraser: Sex, Lies, and the Public Sphere: Reflections on the Confirmation of Clarence Thomas13. Patricia J. Williams: On Being the Object of Property14. David Bell, Jon Binnie, Julia Cream, Gill Valentine: All Hyped Up and No Place to Go15. Jennifer Wicke: Celebrity Material: Materialist Feminism and the Culture of Celebrity16. Erica Jong: Hillary's Husband Re-Elected!: The Clinton Marriage of Politics and PowerIV. Public and Private Identity: Questions for a Feminist Public Sphere17. Iris Marion Young: Impartiality and the Civic Public: Some Implications of Feminist Critiques of Moral and Political Theory18. Wendy Brown: Wounded Attachments: Late Modern Oppositional Formations19. Anne Phillips: Dealing with Difference: A Politics of Ideas or a Politics of Presence?Index