Autonomy Gender Politics
By (author) Marilyn Friedman
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Autonomy Gender Politics by Marilyn Friedman
Book DescriptionWomen have historically been prevented from living autonomously by systematic injustice, subordination, and oppression. The lingering effects of these practices have prompted many feminists to view autonomy with suspicion. Here, Marilyn Friedman defends the ideal of feminist autonomy. In her eyes, behavior is autonomous if it accords with the wants, cares, values, or commitments that the actor has reaffirmed and is able to sustain in the face of opposition. By her account, autonomy is socially grounded yet also individualizing and sometimes socially disruptive, qualities that can be ultimately advantageous for women. Friedman applies the concept of autonomy to domains of special interest to women. She defends the importance of autonomy in romantic love, considers how social institutions should respond to women who choose to remain in abusive relationships, and argues that liberal societies should tolerate minority cultural practices that violate women's rights so long as the women in question have chosen autonomously to live according to those practices.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195138511
(234mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Marilyn Friedman
Women and Citizenship, Hardback (July 2005)» View all books by Marilyn Friedman
Explores the political and cultural dimensions of citizenship and their relevance to women and gender. Containing essays, this book examines the conceptual issues and strategies at play in the feminist quest to give women full citizenship status. It also takes a fresh look at issues, going beyond conventional critiques.
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