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Autonomy and Identity : The Politics of Who We Are. - Ros Hague

Autonomy and Identity

The Politics of Who We Are.

By: Ros Hague

Hardcover Published: 24th March 2011
ISBN: 9780415584685
Number Of Pages: 187

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There has been much academic scholarship on autonomy and on identity in both political theory and feminist theory, however there is arguably less theory that considers these topics together.

This book examines issues raised by feminist theory and contemporary political theory around questions of identity and autonomy in order to develop a new understanding which sees autonomy as a process by which we change and develop our identity. Drawing on Hegel, Wollstonecraft, Mill and de Beauvoir, it also features illustrative examples of real-world issues and dilemmas including the environment, disability, domestic violence, pornography, affirmative action and womena (TM)s citizenship. It is structured in two parts:

  • Part 1 develops the five key themes of the concepts of autonomy and identity
  • Part 2 develops the concept of autonomy through the works of Hegel, Wollstonecraft, Mill and de Beauvoir to explore their portrayal of freedom and of womena (TM)s identity, providing valuable insight into the complexities of thinking about linking autonomy to identity.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, gender studies, contemporary political thought and the history of political thought.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Constraining the individual: liberalism and autonomyp. 14
Introductionp. 14
Individuality and other liberal valuesp. 15
Creative individualityp. 21
Constraintsp. 24
Conclusionp. 29
The social character of the autonomous agentp. 32
Introductionp. 32
The inner selfp. 36
From self-recognition to the recognition of othersp. 42
Recognition and communityp. 49
Conclusionp. 58
Mary Wollstonecraft and the politics of self-controlp. 60
Introductionp. 60
Women's identityp. 61
Individuals and relationships with othersp. 73
Naturep. 81
Conclusionp. 85
Leaving the nether world: women, autonomy and recognition in Hegel's thoughtp. 88
Introductionp. 88
Women's identity in Hegelp. 89
Hegel's property processp. 93
Recognitionp. 98
Conclusionp. 111
John Stuart Mill and the limits on individualityp. 113
Introductionp. 113
Human progressp. 116
Autonomy and relationships with othersp. 118
Women's identity and marriagep. 124
Naturep. 132
Conclusionp. 137
Freedom and other people: from matter to mind to other people matter in de Beauvoir's thoughtp. 140
Introductionp. 140
Matter: the body-burdened life of womanp. 141
Mindp. 147
Other people matterp. 152
Conclusionp. 157
Conclusionp. 159
Autonomy and identityp. 159
Five themesp. 161
Towards a richer concept of autonomyp. 169
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 182
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ISBN: 9780415584685
ISBN-10: 041558468X
Series: Routledge Innovations in Political Theory (Numbered)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 187
Published: 24th March 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1