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Universal difference : feminism and the liberal undecidability of "women"
Nash, Kate, 1958-
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan Press ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
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xi, 170 p. ; 23 cm.


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Book BILKUTUP0245768 HQ1190 .N36 1998 Central Campus Library

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Against those who see liberalism as exclusionary of women's specificity, the author argues that the ambivalent relationship between liberalism and feminism has been productive. She discusses variations in liberalism and its use as a resource for feminists. Although the study looks at texts, the aim is to examine liberalism in practice rather than as a set of ideas. Topics include the critique of liberalism as masculinist, ambivalent anti-patriarchalism, the democratization of liberalism, post-war liberal-democracy and the undecidability of women, and feminist decisions. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
1. Introductionp. 1
Democratic considerations of liberalismp. 1
Liberalism as philosophy in practicep. 8
Outline of chaptersp. 17
2. The Critique of Liberalism as Masculinistp. 20
Postmodern and difference feminismp. 20
The masculine individualp. 29
The public/private oppositionp. 32
3. Ambivalent Anti-patriarchalismp. 36
Pateman's reading of Locke's Two Treatisesp. 38
Locke's Two Treatises and the undecidability of womenp. 40
Feminism and the undecidability of 'women' in the Two Treatisesp. 50
4. The Democratisation of Liberalismp. 66
J.S. Mill, The Subjection (and the undecidability) of Womenp. 66
The democratisation of liberalism and the liberalisation of democracyp. 81
First-wave feminism: counter-hegemonic liberalismp. 90
5. Post-war Liberal-democracy and the Undecidability of Womenp. 103
Welfare liberalism and the undecidability of womenp. 104
Second-wave feminism and liberal-democracyp. 122
Thatcherism: neo-liberalism 'rolling back the frontiers of the state'p. 133
6. Conclusion: Feminist Decisionsp. 139
Notesp. 152
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 169
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