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Edited by: Martha Albertson Fineman

ISBN13: 9781136204777
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
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Feminists have recently begun to challenge the powerful influence of the law on the social and cultural construction of women's roles, identities, and rights. At the Boundaries of the Law is a timely and path-breaking work that provides a series of non-technical, interdisciplinary explorations into the nature and effects of legal regulation on women's lives. Together the essays examine the fertile -- and radically revisionary -- links between feminism and legal theory. But At the Boundaries of the Law rejects the abstract 'grand theorizing' of traditional feminist legal theory, focusing instead on the concrete and material implications of the legal injustices endured by women.

These essays emphasise the complex diversity of female experience, collectively arguing for legal theory and practice that both recognises and accommodates the concept of 'difference' -- in gender, class, race and sexual orientation. At the Boundaries of the Law also raises provocative questions about the methodology and future of feminist legal theory itself. In its rich variety of issues and approaches, this volume will command the interest not only of legal theorists, but of those interested in women's studies, philosophy, politics, sociology and history. It is sure to set the future agenda for scholars, policymakers and anyone concerned with the role of law in society.

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Introduction Martha Albertson Fineman

I. Perspectives from the Personal:
1. Reasonable Women and the Law Kathleen A. Lahey
2. On being the Object of Property Patricia J. Williams
3. Subordination, Rhetorical Survival Skills and Sunday Shoes: Notes on the Hearing of Mrs G. Lucie E. White

II. The Construction of Body in Law:
4. The Body in Legal Theory Judith E. Grbich
5. Intimacy and Responsibility: What Lesbians Do Claudia Card
6. Fallen Angels: The Representation of Violence Against Women in Legal Culture Kristin Bumiller

III. Recognising Pleasures and Pains:
7. The Difference in Women's Hedonic Lives: A Phenomenological Critique of Feminist Legal Theory Robin L. West
8. Feminism, Sexuality and Authenticity Ruth Colker
9. The Problem of Privatised Injuries: Feminist Strategies for Litigation Adrian Howe

IV. Recasting Women's History:
10. The Unbroken Circle: A Historical Study of Black Single Mothers and their Families Barbara Omolade
11. Religion and Rights Consciousness in the Antebellum Woman's Rights Movement Elizabeth B. Clark
12. Social Feminism and Legal Discourse, 1908-1923 Sybil Lipschultz

V. Perspectives on Marriage and Family:
13. Homework and Women's Rights: The Case of the Vermont Knitters, 1980-1985 Eileen Boris
14. Abandoned Women Mary Coombs
15. Societal Factors Affecting the Creation of Legal Rules for Distribution of Property at Divorce Martha Albertson Fineman

VI. Feminist Strategies Within Legal Institutions:
16. Feminism and Legal Method: The Difference it Makes Mary Jane Mossman
17. The Dialectics of Rights and Politics: Perspectives from the Women's Movement Elizabeth M. Schneider
18. Strategizing in Inequality Diana Majury

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