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Feminism and Families

ISBN 9780415912549
Published December 17, 1996 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

A ground-breaking volume of all new essays covering the conjunction of two topics--feminism and families--that, for all their centrality in our culture, have not been adequately examined in light of one another. While the family has suffered feminist neglect, most women are in fact members of families, living their lives within the social context of families, even at a time when the concept of "family" has become bewilderingly unstable. The intersection of families and feminism is thus one in need of philosophical reflection, as a basis both for good public policy and for the ethical relationships of intimate life.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Hilde Lindemann Nelson; Part I Histories; Chapter 1 Families and Feminist Theory: Some Past and Present Issues, Susan Moller Okin; Chapter 2 The Myth of the Traditional Family, Linda Nicholson; Chapter 3 “The Family” and Radical Family Theory, Naomi Zack; Part II The Breakdown of the Family; Chapter 4 Are Families Out of Date?, Mary Midgley, Judith Hughes; Chapter 5 Baby strike!, Laura M. Purdy; Chapter 6 Feminism by Any Other Name, Michele M. Moody-Adams; Chapter 7 Fluid Families: The Role of Children in Custody Arrangements, Elise L.E. Robinson, Hilde Lindemann Nelson, James Lindemann Nelson; Part III Intimate Knowings; Chapter 8 Privacy, Self-Knowledge, and Pluralistic Communes: An Invitation to the Epistemology of the Family, John Hardwig; Chapter 9 Addiction and Knowledge: Epistemic Disease and the Hegemonic Family, Judith Bradford, Crispin Sartwell; Part IV Who’s In, Who’s Out?; Chapter 10 Family’s Outlaws: Rethinking the Connections between Feminism, Lesbianism, and the Family, Cheshire Calhoun; Chapter 11 Who Takes Care of the Maid’s Children? Exploring the Costs of Domestic Service, Romero Mary; Part V Families and Medicine; Chapter 12 Child Abuse and Neglect: Cross-Cultural Considerations, Françoise Baylis, Jocelyn Downie; Chapter 13 Gays, Lesbians, and the Use of Alternate Reproductive Technologies, Sidney Callahan; Part VI Images We Don’t Need; Chapter 14 The Idea of Fatherhood, Sara Ruddick; Chapter 15 Sexuality, the Family, and Nationalism, Bat-Ami Bar On; Chapter 16 The Family Romance: A Fin-de-Siècle Tragedy, Diana Tietjens Meyers;

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Hilde Lindemann Nelson is at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


"Feminism and Families ... is a fine collection of original essays intended to fill what Nelson calls the "white spaces" in works of feminist theory, that is, the practically ubiquitous places where a discussion of the family is logically required but conspicuously absent." -- Ethics