• 640 pages
  • 7 x 10
  • Price: $53.95
  • EAN: 9781566390293
  • Publication: Feb 1993
  • Price: $53.95
  • EAN: 9781439907672
  • Publication: Mar 1993

Feminist Legal Theory


Edited by D. Kelly Weisberg

This unique text offers a discussion of one of the most important movements in legal scholarship today: feminist legal theory. The first of two volumes, Foundations examines theoretical issues about the interaction between law and gender. The second volume will explore the application of feminist legal theory to specific substantive areas of the law, such as criminal law, family law, employment law, and the legal profession. In this first volume, thirty-eight articles by distinguished legal scholars and feminists address issues of equality, difference, separate spheres, essentialism, legal methodology, and theories of law. The essays, published in widely dispersed legal publications, are thematically arranged, with introductions by the editor, to provide a text for students, a convenient source for scholars and policy makers, and a comprehensive introduction for general readers.


"Every social scientist interested in women's issues needs this invaluable collection."Barbara Bergmann

"D. Kelly Weisberg's distinguished volume will provide one-stop shopping for newspaper editors, scholars, political activists, and public officials who want to learn how gender analysis applies to legal thought."Barbara J. Nelson, University of Minnesota

"Feminist jurisprudence is the cauldron in which some of the most creative feminist thoughts are brewing. Their release into our sociopolitical environment will bring us somewhat closer to creating a legal system in which the interests of all persons are indeed regarded with equal respect and consideration. Anglo-American law has been in need of a feminist transformation for some time. Weisberg's anthology suggests that the moment of metamorphosis is upon us."Rosemarie Tong, Thatcher Professor in Philosophy and Medical Humanities, Davidson College

"Professor Weisberg has successfully undertaken the daunting task of presenting many of the diverse strands of feminist legal theory in a coherent, organized framework. The ideas presented in this stimulating collection of essays are at the cutting-edge of legal theory."Stephanie M. Wildman, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco

About the Author(s)

D. Kelly Weisberg is Professor of Law at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She has published several other books, including Child, Family and State: Cases and Materials on Children and the Law (co-authored with Robert Mnookin).

In the Series

Women in the Political Economy

No longer active. Women in the Political Economy, edited by Ronnie J. Steinberg, includes books on women and issues of work, family, social movements, politics, feminism, and empowerment. It emphasizes women's roles in society and the social construction of gender and also explores current policy issues like comparable worth, international development, job training, and parental leave.