Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus
Gender, Law and Society
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Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus by Professor Martha Albertson Fineman
Book Description"The essays in this volume confront the inroads that economics has made into the legal academy...Law and Economics uses principles of neoclassical economics to develop laws and social policies that maintain if not bolster current allocations of power."-from the IntroductionThe Law and Economics school has had a significant impact on the legal and governmental landscape in the United States. It posits a perfectly rational "economic man"-homo economicus-who is unconstrained by familial and communal ties and who can and should make decisions solely in light of considerations of economic value. Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus offers a major intervention in debates about how law has come under the influence of economic principles. Drawing on the latest thinking in the fields of feminist legal theory, critical legal studies, and feminist economics, the essays critique the notion that legal and policy decisions should be made solely through the lens of economics. While the contributors question the wholesale incorporation of the neoclassical economic model into legal analysis, they do not all discard economic analysis and theory.Situated at the intersection of feminism, law, and economics, Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus will appeal to scholars and students of these disciplines as well as policy analysts and social theorists interested in family, education, labor, and welfare.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801489419
(235mm x 156mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Professor Martha Albertson Fineman
At the Boundaries of Law, Paperback (March 2014)
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Sister Wives, Surrogates and Sex Workers, Hardback (December 2013)
This book develops an analytical framework that aims to discern the meaning and value that women may ascribe to morally ambiguous practices. An analysis of law's approach to polygamy, surrogacy and sex work, particularly in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
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This book draws together major British and American scholars who present different perspectives on the concept of vulnerability and Fineman's 'vulnerability thesis'.
Exploring Masculinities, Paperback (November 2013)» View all books by Professor Martha Albertson Fineman
Written by leading experts in the area, this volume investigates the ways in which emerging masculinities theory in law could inform feminist legal theory in particular and law in general. As many of the chapters in this collection illustrate, law is constantly in a dynamic interaction with masculinities.
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Author Biography - Professor Martha Albertson Fineman
Martha Albertson Fineman is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at Emory University. Her many books include The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency and The Neutered Mother, The Sexual Family, and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies. Terence Dougherty is an Associate with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP, concentrating in tax and exempt organizations work.
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