Personal Autonomy and Social Oppression addresses the impact of social conditions, especially subordinating conditions, on personal autonomy. The essays in this volume are concerned with the philosophical concept of autonomy or self-governance and with the impact on relational autonomy of the oppressive circumstances persons must navigate. They address on the one hand questions of the theoretical structure of personal autonomy given various kinds of social oppression, and on the other, how contexts of social oppression make autonomy difficult or impossible.
Part I: Theoretical Problems: How Should We Conceptualize Relational Autonomy? 1. Is Social-Relational Autonomy a Plausible Ideal? Marina A.L. Oshana 2. Gender Oppression and Weak Substantive Theories of Autonomy Jennifer Warriner 3. Responding to the Agency Dilemma: Autonomy, Adaptive Preferences, and Internalized Oppression Catriona Mackenzie 4. Autonomy, Self-Knowledge, and Oppression Beate Roessler 5. Autonomy and the Autobiographical Perspective Andrea C. Westlund Part II: Practical Problems: The Internalization of Oppression and Questions of Autonomy 6. Living Constantly at Tiptoe Stance: Social Scripts, Psychological Freedom, and Autonomy Natalie Stoljar 7. Stereotype Threat, Social Belonging, and Relational Autonomy Paul H. Benson 8. Adaptations to Oppression: Preference, Autonomy, and Resistance Ann E. Cudd 9. Autonomy Under Oppression: Tensions, Trade-Offs, and Resistance Suzy Killmister 10. Honky Tonk Women: Prostitution and the Right to Bodily Autonomy Anita M. Superson 11. Jewish Self-Hatred, Moral Criticism, and Autonomy Marilyn Friedman