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Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism

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Part of Contemporary Political Theory

  • Date Published: December 2004
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  • isbn: 9780511059971

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  • 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
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    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

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    • 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.

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    Brooke A. Ackerly, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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