Feminism, Postfeminism and Legal Theory
Beyond the Gendered Subject?
There is much debate about postfeminism, what it is, and its role in feminist politics. Whilst postfeminism has become increasingly influential in the study of literature, popular culture, and philosophy, it has so far received comparatively little attention in law. This book aims to remedy this situation. The book brings together feminist legal scholars working in different contexts to examine the idea of postfeminism and assess its contemporary relevance. It explores a range of questions including the following: Does postfeminism describe an age that follows modernism, an age where identity politics has realised its goals and feminism is no longer needed? Or does postfeminism describe the feminism of a postmodernist age where identity can mean anything at all? Or, differently again, does the term capture a ‘new feminism’ that discredits feminism and attempts to reshape its political consciousness? And what might the answers to these questions mean for law and legal theory, and a feminist politics of law reform?
Table of Contents
1. Introduction (Anne Macduff and Dorota Gozdecka)
2. Margaret Thornton, 'The Problem of the 'post' in the post-feminist legal academy'
3. Yvette Russell, 'The Force of Sexual Difference: Rape, Feminism and the Failure of Law'
4. Kati Nieminen and Saana Mustasaari , 'The Authored Gaze: Religion, Gendered Body and Claims to 'Authenticity'and 'Autonomy' in Narratives of Integration'
5. Mariana Assis, 'Interrogating Ourselves again? Women's Human Rights and the Feminist Call for Critical Self Assessment'
6. Dorota Gozdecka, 'Post feminism: Anti feminism or Diversification of Narratives of Emancipation?'
7. Anne Macduff, 'Re-Engaging with the Possibilities of Law Reform in a Post-Feminist World: A feminist politics of coalition?'
8. Toni Johnson, 'The Legal Viability of a Post Feminist Freedom'
9. Margaret Davies, 'Post Human Feminist'
10. Conclusion (Anne Macduff and Dorota Gozdecka)
Dr Dorota Gozdecka is a senior lecturer at the ANU College of Law and an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at the University of Helsinki.
Dr Anne Macduff is a senior lecturer at the ANU College of Law.