French Socialism and Sexual Difference

Women and the New Society, 1803–44

  • Susan K. Grogan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-249

About this book


This study explores the meanings ascribed to sexual difference in the theories of Charles Fourier, the Saint-Simonians and Flora Tristan. Their concept of 'the feminine' as a moral force justified a wide range of social roles for women. In addition, 'the feminine' became a symbol of the harmony and co-operation envisaged for the future. The study shows that, while these socialists challenged contemporary sex-role definitions, the new distinctions which they created nevertheless circumscribed the possibilities for female 'liberty'.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Susan K. Grogan
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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