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Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives (Monograph Series of the Academy of) Paperback – July 9, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0271017259 ISBN-10: 0271017252

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"This disciplined collection of essays bears witness to the live and dynamic state of feminist political theory ... fresh perspectives on some of feminist theory's more intractable problems; and some much-needed attention to neglected issues, such as compassion and dependency ... [It is] a useful and stimulating anthology, to be recommended not least for the dextrous argument and taut analysis of many of its contributions." Women's Philosophy Review

"A most welcome addition to any political theory course." Political Studies --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In this volume leading feminist theorists re-think the traditional concepts of political theory and expand the range of problems and concerns regarded as central to the analysis of political life. Written by well-known scholars in philosophy, political science, sociology and law, the book provides a rich interdisciplinary account of key issues in political thought.

While some chapters discuss traditional concepts such as rights, power, freedom and citizenship, others argue that less frequently discussed topics in political theory - such as the family, childhood, dependency, compassion and suffering - are just as significant for an understanding of political life. The opening chapter by Narayan and Shanley shows how this diverse set of topics can be linked together and how feminist theory can be elaborated systematically if it takes notions of independence and dependency, public and private, and power and empowerment as central to its agenda.

This book will be of interest to a wide audience concerned with the study of gender, and to all those in political science, philosophy, legal studies and women's studies who are interested in the way in which political theory and practice can be fruitfully reconceived with the help of feminist perspectives. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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