Feminist Post-Liberalism

Judith A. Baer
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220 pages
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Reconciling liberalism and feminist theory

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Description

Feminism and liberalism need each other, argues Judith Baer. Her provocative book, Feminist Post-Liberalism, refutes both conservative and radical critiques . To make her case, she rejects classical liberalism in favor of a welfare—and possibly socialist—post-liberalism that will prevent capitalism and a concentration of power that reinforces male supremacy. Together, feminism and liberalism can better elucidate controversies in American politics, law, and society.

Baer emphasizes that tolerance and self-examination are virtues, but within both feminist and liberal thought these virtues have been carried to extremes. Feminist theory needs liberalism's respect for reason, while liberal theory needs to incorporate emotion. Liberalism focuses too narrowly on the individual, while feminism needs a dose of individualism.

Feminist Post-Liberalism includes anthropological foundations of male dominance to explore topics ranging from crime to cultural appropriation. Baer develops a theory that is true to the principles of both feminist and liberal ideologies.

Reviews

This is a very important, very readable book by the most distinguished feminist theorist in political science. Baer details how feminism has advanced liberal causes, how liberalism has too often failed feminist causes, but why feminism and liberalism must remain in conversation. If women are to enjoy actual equality with men, liberalism will have to be recast, but not abandoned.”—Mark A. Graber, Regents Professor of Government at the University of Maryland College Park, and author of A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism

In breezy and trenchant prose, this extended meditation on combining modern liberal critiques with feminist critiques ranges over an extraordinarily broad array of topics—from anthropological and social theory, to Aristotle, Plato, and Rousseau on female human nature, to Anthony Kennedy’s abortion jurisprudence, to the impact of crime on women, to the Me Too movement, to contemporary transformations of family structures, to issues of guilt and shame, to transsexualism, to condemnations of cultural appropriation, and more. It does so with the intellectual rigor and open-minded interest in considering opposed arguments that characterizes the work of Judith Baer. It is a welcome addition to the Judith Baer oeuvre.”—Leslie F. Goldstein, Judge Hugh M. Morris Professor Emerita, University of Delaware Political Science Department and author of The U.S. Supreme Court and Racial Minorities: Two Centuries of Judicial Review on Trial

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. An Introduction to Feminist Post-liberalism
2. Imperative Theory and Feminist Post-liberalism
3. Liberalism and Feminism in the Courts: Between Lochner and Muller
4. Gentlemen’s Rights and Gender Equality: What We Think about When We Think about Crime
5. Gender Equality and the Family: Compatible or Contradictory?
6. Freedom from Guilt? Possibilities of Feminist Post-liberalism
7. Binaries and Hierarchies: Beyond Either-Or Thinking
8. Conclusion: A Feminist Post-liberal Future?

Notes
References
Index

About the Author(s)

Judith A. Baer is Professor Emerita of Political Science at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Our Lives before the Law: Constructing a Feminist Jurisprudence, which won the 2000 Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association.


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