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Public Man, Private Woman Second edition with a New afterword by the author Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0691024769
ISBN-10: 0691024766
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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

About the Author

Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. Among her many books are "Just War against Terror" and "Women and War".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Second edition with a New afterword by the author edition (March 8, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691024766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691024769
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 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: #1,691,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Whalen on May 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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