Universal Difference

Feminism and the Liberal Undecidability of ‘Women’

  • Kate Nash

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kate Nash
    Pages 1-19
  3. Kate Nash
    Pages 36-65
  4. Kate Nash
    Pages 66-102
  5. Kate Nash
    Pages 139-151
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 152-170

About this book

Introduction

The author argues that rather than seeing liberalism as exclusionary of women's specificity, as many contemporary feminists do, we should look at variations in liberalism, and in particular at its democratisation in the nineteenth century, and at how feminists have used liberalism as a resource. Liberalism is analysed using a post-structuralist theory of hegemony: texts of liberal political philosophy are deconstructed to show how the term 'women' is used as an 'undecidable' in the Derridean sense to produce the opposition between feminine private and masculine public spheres; these texts are then linked to liberal-democratic social and political practices, including feminism as a social movement.

Keywords

democracy feminism political philosophy women

Authors and affiliations

  • Kate Nash
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230372252
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40496-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37225-2
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