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Beyond Accommodation : Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction, and the Law - Drucilla Cornell

Beyond Accommodation

Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction, and the Law

Paperback Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780847692699
Number Of Pages: 278

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This new edition of Drucilla Cornell's highly acclaimed book includes a substantial new introduction by the author, which situates the book within current feminist debates. In Beyond Accommodation, Drucilla Cornell offers a highly original vision of what feminist theory can give contemporary women. She challenges essentialist and naturalist accounts of feminine sexuality, arguing that any attempt to affirm woman's value and difference by either emphasizing her maternal role or repudiating the feminine only entraps women, once again, in a container that curtails feminine sexual difference, legitimates the masculine fantasy of woman, and reinstates, rather than dismantles, the gender hierarchy. In response to these movements, Beyond Accommodation strives to broaden the scope of feminist theory by articulating a platform, under the concept of relative universalism, which proposes the idea that women are not a unified and homogenous group although they are positioned as women in patriarchy. Cornell's theory allows for differences in women's situations without giving up on the idea that women are fighting a common phenomenon called patriarchy.

Drucilla Cornell is the most intellectually sophisticated legal academic writing on these issues today. The philosophical rigor she brings to any question along with the strong imagining of human needs and aspirations makes her contribution to current debates unique and valuable.--Stanley Fish, University of Illinois at Chicago

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction to the New Edition: Feminist Hopep. xv
Introduction: Writing the Manifesta: The Dilemma of Postmodern Feminismp. 1
The Maternal and the Feminine: Social Reality, Fantasy and Ethical Relationp. 21
The Feminist Alliance with Deconstructionp. 79
Feminism Always Modified: The Affirmation of Feminine Difference Rethoughtp. 119
Feminine Writing, Metaphor and Mythp. 165
Conclusion: "Happy Days"p. 197
Notesp. 207
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780847692699
ISBN-10: 0847692698
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 28th October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41