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Feminism and Citizenship

Feminism and Citizenship

  • Rian Voet - University of Auckland, New Zealand

Other Titles in:
Citizenship Studies

July 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 upon 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 judgement.

Rian Voet moves to develop a feminist notion of citizenship by discussing critically citizenship theories and identifying rudimentary feminist theories of citizenship. However, unlike most feminist texts which insist that political theory takes feminism and gender more seriously, Voet emphasizes that feminist theory should reflect more seriously upon citizenship.

Debates on Feminism and Citizenship
Social-Liberal Citizenship
Social Equality
Political Subjectivity
Political Representation
Political Judgement
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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