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Feminism, Postfeminism and Legal Theory

Beyond the Gendered Subject?, 1st Edition

Edited by Dorota Gozdecka, Anne Macduff


170 pages

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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

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Part One

Chapter One - The Feminist Fandango with the Legal Academy

Margaret Thornton

Chapter Two - Postfeminist clothing: anti-feminism or diversification of the narratives of emancipation?

Dorota Anna Gozdecka

Chapter Three - Narratives of Belonging: Religion, the Gendered Body and Claims of Autonomy and Authenticity

Kati Nieminen and Sanna Mustasaari

Part Two

Chapter Four - Feminism and its Absence in Pakistani Legal Discourse

Maliha Zia

Chapter Five - Interrogating ourselves, again: Women’s human rights and the feminist practice of critical self-assessment

Mariana Prandini Assis

Chapter Six - Postfeminism and the Possibilities of a Post-essential Politics

Anne Macduff

Part Three

Chapter Seven - The Problem with Research

Jennifer M Nielsen

Chapter Eight - Breaking free from the orbit of legal centralism: Religious minority women in a postcolonial context

Joyce Das

Chapter Nine - Beyond Identity: In Theory

Margaret Davies


About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Gender & the Law
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies