Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

$32.00 ( ) USD

Part of Contemporary Political Theory

  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511059971

$ 32.00 USD ( )
Adobe eBook Reader

You will be taken to for this purchase
Buy eBook Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, Hardback

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Drawing on theoretical insights from Third World women's activism, Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism develops democratic theory as a critical theory relevant to dealing with real world inequalities. Brooke Ackerly examines the methods by which real world feminist activists have criticized society, and argues that their activities show how feminist theory can move beyond its theoretical impasse toward articulating social criticism with critical teeth. Her book will be of interest to political and social theorists, and to students and scholars of women's studies, feminism, and human rights.

    • A new departure in feminist theory, arguing that feminism is essential to political theory, and to thinking about democracy
    • Draws insights from real world activism, rather than abstract theory, examining the work of women campaigners in India, Bangladesh, and elsewhere
    • Wide potential market, from pol/soc theory, to women's studies, human rights and development studies
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...remarkable..." NWSA Journal

    "the book offers rich insights." American Historical Review

    "The questions raised by this book are of central importance to the world today..." Philosophy in Review

    "Ackerly's ambitious blending of theory and practical politics will appeal to a broad audience of feminist scholars and students, including political theorists, development studies scholars, comparative politics scholars, and legal theorists interested in international human rights. The book also provides social scientists with a rich example of a methodology that derives theory from emancipatory practices and could thus be an exciting addition to graduate scope and method courses." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Holloway Sparks, Pennsylvania State University

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511059971
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Silent voices and everyday critics: problems in political theory, solutions from Third World feminist social criticism
    2. Why do we need a Third World feminist theory of social criticism?
    3. Method: skeptical scrutiny, guiding criteria, and deliberative inquiry in concert
    4. Roles: social criticism and self-criticism
    5. Qualifications: everyday critics, multi-sited critics, and multiple critics
    6. Third World feminist social criticism as feminist democratic theory.

  • Author

    Brooke A. Ackerly, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.