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The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory

Edited by: Margaret Davies , Vanessa E. Munro

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409418597
eBook ISBN: 9781315612973
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043423

10.4324/9781315612973
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As a distinct scholarly contribution to law, feminist legal theory is now well over three decades old. Those three decades have seen consolidation and renewal of its central concerns as well as remarkable growth, dynamism and change. This Companion celebrates the strength of feminist legal thought, which is manifested in this dynamic combination of stability and change, as well as in the diversity of perspectives and methodologies, and the extensive range of subject-matters, which are now included within its ambit. Bringing together contributors from across a range of jurisdictions and legal traditions, the book provides a concise but critical review of existing theory in relation to the core issues or concepts that have animated, and continue to animate, feminism. It provides an authoritative and scholarly review of contemporary feminist legal thought, and seeks to contribute to the ongoing development of some of its new approaches, perspectives, and subject-matters. The Companion is divided into three parts, dealing with 'Theory', 'Concepts' and 'Issues'. The first part addresses theoretical questions which are of significance to law, but which also connect to feminist theory at the broadest and most interdisciplinary level. The second part also draws on general feminist theory, but with a more specific focus on debates about equality and difference, race, culture, religion, and sexuality. The 'Issues' section considers in detail more specific areas of substantive legal controversy.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Editors’ Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Contesting the Dominant Paradigm: Feminist Critiques of Liberal Legalism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Feminism, Law and Materialism: Reclaiming the ‘Tainted’ Realm Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Freedom, Power and Agency in Feminist Legal Theory Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Law’s Truths and the Truth About Law: Interdisciplinary Refractions Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Equality and Difference: Fertile Tensions or Fatal Contradictions for Advancing the Interests of Disadvantaged Women? Download PDF
Chapter  7:  ‘What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been’: Feminist and Queer Travels with Sex, Gender and Sexuality Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Theorizing Race, Theorizing Racism: New Directions in Interdisciplinary Scholarship Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Feminists Rethink Multiculturalism: Resisting Essentialism and Cross-Cultural Hypocrisy Download PDF
Chapter  10:  In the Name of God? Religion and Feminist Legal Theory Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Gender and Terrain: Feminists Theorize Citizenship Download PDF
Chapter  12:  International Human Rights Law: Towards Rethinking Sex/Gender Dualism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  A New Frontline for Feminism and International Humanitarian Law Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Violence Against Women, ‘Victimhood’ and the (Neo)Liberal State Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Body, Bodies, Embodiment: Feminist Legal Engagement with Health Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Motherhood and Law: Constructing and Challenging Normativity Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Marriage and Civil Partnership: Law’s Role, Feminism’s Response Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Gendered Power Over Taxes and Budgets Download PDF
Chapter  19:  From Women and Labour Law to Putting Gender and Law to Work Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Gender, Justice and Law in a Global Market Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Women, Migration and the Constitutional Underpinning of the European Union Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Ecofeminism and the Environment: International Law and Climate Change Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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