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Feminism and Citizenship
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Feminism and Citizenship

  • Rian Voet - University of Auckland, New Zealand


© 1998 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Until recently, feminist theory and citizenship theory have seemed two distinct areas, with writers in both camps seldom discussing the other's work. Feminism and Citizenship challenges this silence, arguing for the need to collect the debates around citizenship and feminism. The author provides an original reflection on the key issues in political theory and advocates a unique feminist intervention into the sub-themes of citizenship including liberty, rights, social equality, political identity, political representation, and political judgment. Rian Voet moves to develop a feminist notion of citizenship by critically discussing citizenship theories and sub-themes, and identifying rudimentary feminist theories of citizenship. However, unlike most feminist texts that insist political theory takes feminism and gender more seriously, Voet emphasizes that feminist theory should reflect more seriously on citizenship.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
 
Debates on Feminism and Citizenship
 
Feminism
 
Social-Liberal Citizenship
 
PART TWO: SUB-THEMES OF CITIZENSHIP
 
Liberty
 
Rights
 
Social Equality
 
Political Subjectivity
 
Political Representation
 
Political Judgement
 
PART THREE: EVALUATION
 
Evaluating Feminist and Other Citizenship Conceptions
 
Active and Sex-Equal Citizenship

`By insisting on a productive conjuncture between feminism and citizenship, Rian Voet reinvigorates the classical political conception of citizenship as participation in public and social life - a conception of active citizenship that is both sex-equal and woman-friendly. This is a lucid, persuasive and accessible study' - Anna Yeatman, Macquarie University


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