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Public Man, Private Woman [Paperback]

Jean Bethke Elshtain
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March 8, 1993 0691024766 978-0691024769 2nd edition

Focusing on the Western philosophical tradition and the work of contemporary feminists, Jean Elshtain explores the general tendency to assert the primacy of the public world--the political sphere dominated by men--and to denigrate the private world--the familial sphere dominated by women. She offers her own positive reconstruction of the public and the private in a feminist theory that reaffirms the importance of the family and envisions an "ethical polity."


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"A rare achievement. . . . [Elshtain] describes a political community and a kind of citizenship that are accessible and engaging for people of both sexes, of many ethnicities and religions, with private as well as public commitments. . . ."--Michael Walzer

"A landmark book. . . . Elshtain's work is characterized by . . . a desire to personalize scholarship so that we can understand the impact of the theorists' ideas on our everyday lives."--Arlene W. Saxonhouse

"Jean Elshtain's book is an indispensable one for whoever wants to open out the whole set of issues about our multiple concepts of the public, and their relation to gender over the ages. . . ."--Charles Taylor

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"A rare achievement. . . . [Elshtain] describes a political community and a kind of citizenship that are accessible and engaging for people of both sexes, of many ethnicities and religions, with private as well as public commitments. . . ."--Michael Walzer

"A landmark book. . . . Elshtain's work is characterized by . . . a desire to personalize scholarship so that we can understand the impact of the theorists' ideas on our everyday lives."--Arlene W. Saxonhouse

"Jean Elshtain's book is an indispensable one for whoever wants to open out the whole set of issues about our multiple concepts of the public, and their relation to gender over the ages. . . ."--Charles Taylor


Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd edition edition (March 8, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691024766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691024769
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A new model for feminism? May 12, 2002
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Elshtain's ideas on the direction of modern feminism are very well presented here. For those who believe that feminism turned its back on mothers & children, this book satisfies with a complex & articulate new model for American feminism. Can the modern equal rights movement for women inject itself with the values & experiences women get as mothers? Will that elevate public discourse & the moral integrity of feminism?
Elstain may overstate the significance (& existence!) of the public/private distinction. And for my money, she fails to link the best values of family to the best values of active citizenship. A fear of politics (the public sphere) drives much of her philosophy. But for those who feel feminism needs new life to conquer the corrupt public sphere of politics, Elshtain may be a voice worth listening to.
Check out Mary Dietz or Pateman for an alternative.
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