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Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics (Contestations: Cornell Studies in Political Theory) Paperback – April 15, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0801480720 ISBN-10: 0801480728 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Contestations: Cornell Studies in Political Theory
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (April 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801480728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801480720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1997
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As the 1997-8 academic year starts, Bonnie Honig is no longer at Harvard. She is now a tenured professor of political theory at Northwestern University. This is the sad end of a story that made national headlines in the spring of 1997: Despite being recommended by both her department and an external review board, Harvard's President, Neil Rudenstine, decided not to extend Assosicate Profeesor Bonnie Honig a tenure offer. The reasons are still unclear and will probably remain so. The case is perplexing because of the quality and quantity of Honig's work, and because it is not clear why would President Rudenstine, who is known to be nice, and liberal, overturn the tenure commitees. Honig told the press that she guessed they thought of her as a "girl". Indeed, fifteen Harvard women profeesors, including Honig's colleague Seyla Benhabib, wrote Prof. Rudenstine and brought up the gender issue. It is probably not the case the Honig was denied tenure because she is (biologicaly) a woman. But how about the fact that she is considered a feminist? That her work is considered non-traditional. That according to some of Harvard's old guard, women cannot produce good political philosophy? (Believe me, I've heard it from some of them when I was there, in open classroom). Well, Honig is of to Northwestern, and Harvard students will have from now on to settle on reading her work.
"Political Theory and the Displacments of Politics" is indeed where they, and others interested in her work, should start. When I read this book, in a rather late stage of working on my dissertation at Harvard, I was totally overwhelmed. So much of political theory recently was about critiquing Rawlsian liberalism. But so much of it was, in my opinion, leading into a cul-de-sac, esp.
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